Local Veterans Discuss Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Release

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Debate continues to stir around the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Many people are glad Bergdahl is home safe.

However lawmakers questioned the decision to give up five Taliban prisoners in exchange for his freedom.

Many also question Bergdahl’s apparent decision to wander off unarmed from his post at an eastern Afghanistan base in 2008.

The opinions were flowing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2702 in North Huntsville, Monday.

Brian McQueen served in the army for 20 years and he’s happy to see one of his own home.

“It’s always great to bring our soldiers home,” said McQueen. “We never want to leave anybody behind.”

He also feels there are still too many holes in the story, though.

“It’s how it came about in his release, his capture, his involvement and the non-involvement of our government,” said McQueen.

With all of the issues in the news lately involving soldiers, McQueen hopes the recent headlines earn our service men and women a little more love.

“There’s a lot of stuff that has come to the limelight and I think and I hope that in the next couple weeks that we’ll start paying attention to our soldiers,” said McQueen.

Bergdahl is recovering in Germany. Doctors are treating him for nutritional needs.

The White House is sending Department of Defense personnel to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to brief the Senate Armed Services Committee on the details of the exchange.

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