Local Veterans Discuss Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Release

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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.

For more coverage on Bergdahl's release, click here.


  • Mary Jo Terry

    He is a soldier in a foreign country, away from family,friends and the comfort of home. I don’t care if we had to trade 50 of theirs. He’s ours snd I am glad to see him on his way home.

    • Branko Pezdi

      Do you think the families of the six American soldiers killed while searching for this deserter agree with you? Do you think the families of the Americans killed by the five Taliban terrorists agree with you? Do you think the families of Americans kidnapped and killed in the future because of this precedent set by the Marxist-in-Chief agree with you? We know that this deserter’s dad, whose first words when he arrived at the White House at the invitation of the Marxist-in-Chief were ““bism allah alrahman alraheem”, agrees with you. We know that this deserter, who allegedly wrote a note renouncing his American citizenship which has now been found, agrees with you.

      Most Americans don’t.

  • Bill

    VFW Post 2702 has an a good reputation in this community but the spokesman on tv last night……lights on an no bodies home. Has this guy beem in a cave the last fews days?
    The President of the United States has broken the law AGAIN!!!! He has disgraced EVERY military member who has serviced this country past and present. He has the nerve now to represent our WWII HEROS in Normandy? Those fallen HERO’s that are buried on that battlefield should roll over in their graves.
    There’s only one word that this President needs to hear from the AMERICAN people….”IMPEACHMENT”!!!! Problem is, no one on Capital Hill has the B—‘s to do it. When wil enough be enough. Fellow American’s……what’s your level of pain?

    • Branko Pezdi

      Call me a cynic but do you think Brian McQueen was the ONLY person interviewed by WHNT at the local VFW?

  • Old Sarge

    An article 32 investigation needs to be done to determine if this soldier has committed crimes / offenses IAW the Uniform Code of Military Justice & if he did he should stand trial by a General Courts Martial & if he is found to be guilty – he should be sentenced for appropriate punishment !!! As for exchanging him for 5 top level Taliban POWs ( terrorists ) – that should not have been done – especially without the approval of Congress !!! Our president ( his attorney general ) seem to be in the habit of circumventing our Congress, our laws, & our Constitution !!!

  • MAG

    America is the biggest terrorist there is. That is why the whole world is turning against us. No matter what the President do he is wrong. Dam if he do dam if don’t !!!!!

    • Me

      I think we have different definitions of terrorism. However, if we are going off of your definition I would say your the grammar terrorist. It may be a good idea to go back to the 2nd grade and learn how to produce sentences.

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