Created: 05/31/2014 6:54 PM KAALtv.com
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is welcoming the release of the lone U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
During an appearance Saturday in the Rose Garden, Obama says that while Bergdahl was gone, "he was never forgotten." The president was joined at the White House by the soldier's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl.
Bergdahl was turned over by the Taliban earlier Saturday in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees who were held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Obama says the U.S., quote, "does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind."
Bergdahl's father thanked all those who took part in his son's recovery, saying it was difficult to put his feelings into words.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's Parents Appear with Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) - The father of the lone U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, says the nature of his son's recovery will never really be comprehended.
Bob Bergdahl stood with his wife, Jani, and President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday and thanked everyone in the U.S. and around the world involved in his son's release after five years' captivity.
Said Bergdahl, quote, "We just can't communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president."
Jani Bergdahl said she and her husband will, quote, "continue to stay strong for Bowe while he recovers."
The Taliban released Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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