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Bowe Bergdahl's Parents Speak Out About Their Son's Release

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By Rachel Holt

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

It's been an emotional journey for the Bergdahl’s, waiting nearly five years for their son's release.

At a press conference in Boise, Bob Bergdahl explained, "we're talking like this because we haven't talked to Bowe yet we haven't called him on the phone – there is reason for that its because Bowe has been gone for so long."

They received word on Saturday that their son Bowe is coming home.
But the date on his return to the U.S. is unknown, as well as the first time his parents will get to speak to him or see him.

Bob sends this message to his son, saying, “I want you to know that I love you and I’m so proud of you and your character.”

Among those Bob thanked for Bowe's safe return was a group of familiar faces in the rear of the auditorium.

He said, “starting with the back row, the biker dudes and dudettes around America, when you rode into Hailey and conveyed we were not alone, that was really good for our souls.”

The POW-MIA is a motorcycle group made up of veterans with one motto– “it's not over until they are all home”.

Executive Director of the Boise Valley POW/MIA explains, “we have a membership of about 100 people. We've been supporting this since the very beginning and in the last five years helping keep aware this situation. They know that we're there-- we're going to be there for as long as it’s needed.”

Bob reminded his supporters that the process is far from over.
He explained, “in many way it’s just beginning for Jani and I. It’s a long process so I’m asking our friends and family to be patient.”

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