Not everyone is welcoming Bowe Bergdahl home with open arms. Some of the men who served with the Taliban POW believe that he deserted his post. And they say six American soldiers died because of his actions.
Bergdahl’s release, brokered with the Taliban in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees, has ignited fury in some corners of the U.S. military community and re-opened old wounds.
‘Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him,’ former Sergeant Matt Vierkant told CNN.
A former superior of the 28-year-old soldier, Greg Leatherman, said he hopes the military investigates Bergdahl and questions whether he did, indeed, desert his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
The Facebook page ‘Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a hero!’ has 5,400 members and bears a picture of the six paratroopers who lost their lives while looking for their captured comrade.
A White House petition to punish Bergdahl for being absent without leave (AWOL) has nearly 2,000 online signatures.
These critics say that even after five years of Taliban captivity, Bergdahl gets to come home to his family – but six of his comrades never made it back alive.
‘I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,’ Mr Vierkant said.