Magazine article VFW Magazine

Vfw: Committed to the Missing

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Vfw: Committed to the Missing

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On both the Post and national levels, VFW is working to bring home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine held in Iran.

Post 2136 in Twin Falls, Idaho, sent a clear message during a recent community event: "Bring Bowe Home."

The occasion, which brought attention to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, was held on Sept. 21,2013, the day after National POW/MIA Recognition Day

"A lot of people don't even know who Bowe Bergdahl is," Post member Steve Gilbert told Twin Falls KMVT. "He is the only prisoner of war that we have from the United States."

Bergdahl, a member of the Post since 2012, has been held captive by the Taliban since June 2009. After his disappearance, he appeared in five videos released by his captors. The most recent was issued in May 2011.

Throughout the day, the Post spotlighted Bergdahl with posters and flyers it distributed while at the Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dealership in Twin Falls. Additionally, members collected donations from passersby for the Bergdahl family.

But Post efforts are not the only VFW support extended to Bergdahl.

VFW Res. 419, passed last July, calls for "the safe return of the only known American POW, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl."

Moreover, the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Washington D.C., voiced its concern for Bergdahl.

"We stand committed to the fullest possible accounting for our missing," said W. Montague Winfield, director of the Missing Personnel Office. "That commitment extends to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools, the United States is continuing its efforts to secure Sgt. …

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