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Idaho commissioner says hometown support remains unwavering for Bergdahl family

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey, Idaho. The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

    FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey, Idaho. The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)

    FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this June 22, 2013 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents Jani Bergdahl, center left, and her husband, Bob, walk during a "Bring Bowe Back" celebration held to honor Sgt. Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho. A U.S. official says Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    FILE- In this June 22, 2013 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents Jani Bergdahl, center left, and her husband, Bob, walk during a "Bring Bowe Back" celebration held to honor Sgt. Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho. A U.S. official says Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)  (The Associated Press)

Before he was a rescued Taliban captive facing charges of military desertion, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a local kid living near a small Idaho town.

The "Bring Bowe Home" posters and yellow ribbons have long since been removed from the light posts and store fronts of Hailey, Idaho. But Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen says Bergdahl and his family still have all the community's support.

Schoen says residents will accept the results of the military investigation and let the judicial process run its course. He says the community will focus on supporting the family and not be distracted by Bergdahl's "difficult and complicated story."

State Rep. Christy Perry from Nampa said she was disappointed by the news of the charges against Bergdahl. The Republican lawmaker said he has already paid for any wrongdoing by spending five years in the hands of the Taliban.