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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl's rift with his parents

Bowe Bergdahl has not spoken to his parents since he was rescued, but has sent two letters to their home in Idaho. Robert and Jani Bergdahl have yet to visit him in Texas and there are reports of a rift in the family. It's odd because his parents were the two people who spent most of the five years he was held prisoner, fighting to bring him home.

Many Americans believe that President Obama made a very bad trade when he swapped Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, especially when soldiers serving with him in Afghanistan insist he deserted.

If the Army decides he isn't a deserter and was in fact a prisoner of war for five years, he will receive $350,000 tax free from the government - $200,000 for wages earned during captivity and $150,000 extra for being a prisoner of war.

Last week, a photo appeared on Twitter of Bergdahl and former senior Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani in Afghanistan. When looking at his picture before he went to Afghanistan and the photo posted last week, it's pretty obvious he's lost a lot of weight and doesn't look well.

It seems strange that the soldiers who served with him and say he left his post willingly, still haven't been interviewed by Army investigators.

"I think it's very clear he deserted his post" Army Sergeant Evan Buetow told Fox News. "He thought about what he was doing, he mailed some things home, he walked away and we have witnesses who saw him walking away.  And if you are walking away in one of the worst, most dangerous areas of Afghanistan without your weapon and gear, I don't believe you are planning on coming back."

In a statement the Army said "He will now return to regular duty within the command where he can contribute to the mission.  The Army investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Bergdahl is still ongoing."

Bergdahl returned to a desk job this week and is now able to leave the base escorted by his minders.  They recently visited a shopping mall and the group was seen in a local restaurant.