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A sigh of relief in Bergdahl's hometown

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:43

June 2 - Friends of the Bergdahl family breathe sigh of relief upon news of son Bowe's return. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was never forgotten in his hometown of Hailey Idaho. Now, a sigh of relief for Stefanie O'Neill, who has been working to bring the captured soldier back. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEFANIE O'NEILL, ORGANIZER OF 'BRING BOWE BACK' CAMPAIGN, SAYING: "We have spent five years putting effort into this, from the yellow ribbons that have never faded to the signs in the windows to the bumper stickers, to the bracelets that I wear; we've never stopped. And we're able to breathe once he's home here in Idaho, we can breathe again." But some Republican lawmakers angered by a White House deal to swap five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl are demanding hearings. In Hailey, Idaho, they're keeping politics out of it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEFANIE O'NEILL, ORGANIZER OF 'BRING BOWE BACK' CAMPAIGN, SAYING: "The town of Hailey, the community of Wood River Valley, we're staying out of the politics. We're going to leave that to the rest of the world, and we're just going to welcome Bowe home with open arms. We have our boy back and we're going to let everyone else deal with the politics of it all." The town's police chief Jeff Gunter says Bergdahl will be welcomed back with open arms. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAILEY POLICE CHIEF JEFF GUNTER, SAYING: "They've had yellow ribbons up for five years now, Saturday at the announcement of his release, the 'Bring Bowe Back' signs came down, the 'Bowe is Back' signs came up, balloons went up, people are driving around honking their horns. People were calling me up with tears of joy so there's going to be a huge support chain for Bowe when he gets back." At a news conference Sunday, Bowe's father said his son will likely have a long road ahead of him to readjust to life in the U.S. But his hometown seems intent on making his return as easy and comfortable as possible.

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A sigh of relief in Bergdahl's hometown

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:43