US POW Manages to Get Letter to Parents

Handwritten letter 'definitely from Bowe': source
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
US POW Manages to Get Letter to Parents
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Bergdahl family and released by the Idaho National Guard shows Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho.   (AP Photo/The Bergdahl Family, File)

The father of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan has received an early Father's Day present from his son, who was captured while deployed in the country in 2009: a handwritten letter. Bob and Jani Bergdahl say they're confident the letter was indeed written by son Bowe—it's dated about two months ago and was apparently delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross. Though the Bergdahls didn't share its contents, they say it assures them that their son, who is believed to be held by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, is "doing as well as can be expected."

A Boise Valley POW/MIA rep told KTVB it's "definitely from Bowe ... That's like sitting around a camp fire that's going out and all of a sudden you find that one more log to keep the fire going." Indeed, "our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter," the couple said in a statement via the AP. "We hope Bowe's captors will again consider his parents' plea to release him." Little has been heard of Bergdahl since a planned swap stalled last year. (More prisoner of war stories.)

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