Bergdahl's family warmed by support




Posted on July 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 3:27 PM

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BOISE - The parents of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl says they appreciate and take comfort in the vast support received in recent days from political leaders, friends and neighbors.

Government officials identified Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Saturday as the soldier being held hostage in a video released by the Taliban. There are conflicting reports about whether Bergdahl's left the base near Pakistan willingly or was kidnapped.

Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling read a prepared statement from Bergdahl's parents Tuesday at the Hailey coffee shop where Bergdahl worked before joining the U.S. Army in 2008.

In the statement, the parents thanked President Obama, Idaho elected officials and others from around the world that have expressed support for the family.

Femling, who met with the parents Tuesday, says the family is proud of their son and his decision to join the military.

Earlier, President Barack Obama spoke out on the situation surrounding Idaho Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama spoke to NBC's Meredith Viera Monday in a wide-ranging conversation that aired Tuesday morning on Today. One of the first topics of conversation was Bergdahl's capture.

"We are hopeful that it will have a good ending, and we are doing everything we can," Obama said. "I can't talk in detail about (it).

Obama said that he has not made contact with Bergdahl's Hailey family.

"I have not spoken to his family at this point simply because we want to make sure that before we do we have something to tell them," he said. "And I think that we're, at this point, evaluating what our options are."

Bergdahl went missing from his base in Afghanistan late last month, and later ended up in captivity, held by the Taliban. On Saturday, the militant group released a video of Bergdahl, where the soldier spoke to the camera and appeared to be under duress.