BOISE, Idaho – 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.