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Crapo, Risch, Simpson Statements on Bowe Bergdahl's Release

"We celebrate with Bowe, Bob and Jani Bergdahl today as this wonderful news brings an end to their five-year ordeal," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  "Our prayers have been answered and we offer our thanks for the perseverance of the family and the many Idahoans who have kept this vigil.  We appreciate the men and women who made this release possible.  I was able to speak with Bob this morning and convey my feelings and look forward to an Idaho reunion. Today's release is a reminder that we still have many brave men and women on our front lines that we must bring home safely as well."


"It is welcome news that Sergeant Bergdahl has been released," said Idaho Senator Jim Risch. "Bowe has been held for five years against his will by the Taliban and Haqqani networks.  I can only imagine the joy and relief that Bowe and his family are feeling at this moment."


"I couldn't be more pleased with the news of Bowe Bergdahl's release and the ending of a nearly five-year nightmare for Bowe and his parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl," said Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson.  "The prayers of people across Idaho and the nation have been answered and Bowe will soon be headed back to the town he calls home -- Hailey, Idaho.  We are all grateful for the tireless efforts of innumerable people within the Department of Defense and Department of State in securing Bowe's release and for the work of those who have been seeking Bowe's safe return for years."