Local Man Creates Bracelets For POW

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Is Only Living Serviceman From Operation Enduring Freedom Known To Be In Captivity

While the war in Iraq is now over and many U.S. troops have been sent home, one soldier remains a prisoner of war.

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 25, is the only living U.S. serviceman from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan known to be in captivity. In June 2009, Bergdahl was leaving his base in Afghanistan for reasons that remain unclear. Since then the soldier from Idaho has appeared in five Taliban videos showing him in captivity.

In one of the videos, Bergdahl said, "Well, I am scared … scared I won't be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner."

Local attorney Jim Roberts has made it his mission to make sure people do not forget Bergdahl. Roberts is not a relative nor is he in the military. He said he was just touched by Bergdahl's story.

"What I'm hoping to accomplish is to raise public awareness that Bowe is out there, to encourage people to pray for Bowe and to think about Bowe every day," said Roberts.

Using his own money, he's created special yellow wristbands that have Bergdahl's name, rank and date of capture. Roberts has already sent 1,000 of them to troops in Iraq and plans on passing them out to soldiers at Camp Pendleton in a few weeks. He has also made bumper stickers that feature Bergdahl's picture.

Roberts said the hope is that people will learn about Bergdahl, talk about him and pray for him and that by spreading the message, he will one day come home.

"I believe very strongly that the more people that pray for Bowe, the stronger that prayer message will be and the more likely Bowe will be back home soon," said Roberts.

Roberts said he keeps in touch with Bergdahl's family.

When comparing notes, he discovered they both had ancestors that lived in Harlan, Iowa, in the late 1800s who surely knew each other.

Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay Altaie was captured in Iraq in 2006 and is considered the only living U.S. serviceman from Operation Iraqi Freedom in captivity.

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