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BOISE -- Miss Lori and I couldn t be happier. Bowe has been in all our prayers for years. So his release from Taliban captivity is cause to continue our prayers now in gratitude for their fulfillment. We join all of Idaho and America in expressing our joy and welcoming this wonderful news. We look forward to Sgt. Bergdahl s safe return to Idaho and his reunion with family, friends, and all those who have rallied around them. Today, Idaho gives thanks. Soon we all will celebrate Bowe s freedom and homecoming.

- Governor C.L. Butch Otter

We celebrate with Bowe, Bob and Jani Bergdahl today as this wonderful news brings an end to their five-year ordeal. Our prayers have been answered and we offer our thanks for the perseverance of the family and the many Idahoans who have kept this vigil. We appreciate the men and women who made this release possible. I was able to speak with Bob this morning and convey my feelings and look forward to an Idaho reunion. Today s release is a reminder that we still have many brave men and women on our front lines that we must bring home safely as well.

- Senator Mike Crapo

It is welcome news that Sergeant Bergdahl has been released. Bowe has been held for five years against his will by the Taliban and Haqqani network. I can only imagine the joy and relief that Bowe and his family are feeling at this moment.

- Senator Jim Risch

I couldn't be more pleased with the news of Bowe Bergdahl's release and the ending of a nearly five-year nightmare for Bowe and his parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl. The prayers of people across Idaho and the nation have been answered and Bowe will soon be headed back to the town he calls home -- Hailey, Idaho. We are all grateful for the tireless efforts of innumerable people within the Department of Defense and Department of State in securing Bowe's release and for the work of those who have been seeking Bowe's safe return for years.

- Congressman Mike Simpson

I am thrilled that Bowe Bergdahl has been freed and will soon be reunited with his parents. Like many Idahoans, I have been praying for his safe return home. We are all thankful this day has finally come.

- Congressman Raul Labrador

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