BOISE-- At a news conference Sunday at Gowen Field, Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked the government, the special forces on the helicopters who picked up their son, former POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, from the clutches of the Taliban Saturday morning, as well the people of the Wood River Valley and many other places for their undying support.
They also said thanks to a group with a unique perspective. A group that can understand what they're going through.
Starting with the back row or the middle row there, all you guys, said Bob Bergdahl. The biker dudes and dudettes around America.
Those biker dudes and dudettes, about two dozen strong, are all members of the Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation. They've supported the Bergdahls since Bowe's capture 5 years ago.
The biggest thing is that he's an Idaho native, said corporation executive director Ralph Kramer. He's one of our own. So we have to support him.
This was a circumstance in the state of Idaho that we felt that we could step up with our experience and be able to help the Bergdahls for one thing to see that to show them that they were not alone in this process, said Lance Stephensen with the Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation.
A process Lance Stephensen understands all too well. His father was missing in action in Vietnam for 21 years.
And ultimately you gotta stick with it and stay by it and believe in it, and it ultimately worked out for us, said Stephensen. We got my dad home and they got Bowe home.
Bowe's transition back to life in the states will likely be long and difficult. These bikers are willing to go down that road with the Bergdahls.
Support the family. We'll support the family for as long as they want us to support them. We're there for them, said Kramer.
You know it's going to take some time, and we need to give him as much time as he needs to get right, said Stephensen.
Bob Bergdahl added this about the support the group has shown his family.
When you rode into Hailey that day and conveyed that we were not alone, that was really good for our souls.