Freed soldier's parents say they're proud of Army sergeant's willingness to help Afghans

Rebecca Boone / The Associated Press
June 1, 2014 02:09 PM

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son Bowe was freed from captivity Saturday, May 31, 2014, by the Taliban. Also on the stage are Idaho National Guard Public Affairs Officer Col. Tim Marsano, Idaho Army National Guard Maj. Kevin Hickey, and Army Psychologist Dr. (Col) Bradley Kamrowskipoppen. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

BOISE, Idaho - The father of an American soldier just released from captivity in Afghanistan says he's proud of how far his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was willing to go to help the Afghan people.

Bob and Jani Bergdahl didn't elaborate on what that meant during a Sunday press conference in Boise. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday in exchange for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees after spending nearly five years as a Taliban prisoner.

His parents said they haven't spoken with Bergdahl and will wait until military experts say he's ready to talk to family. Officials did not offer details about Bergdahl's health.

Bob Bergdahl said he was proud of how Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people, and how far he was willing to go to achieve that goal.


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