I'm writing this letter in response to the release of Sgt. Bergdahl.
In the time of war, I was always taught that if you walked off of your base or post, (even) if you returned, you were to stand before a court martial and if found guilty, were as a penalty sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.
You were not honored as a hero. Most all of the heroes are dead and never came home alive.
On Friday, there was shown on TV, a program on D-Day. They showed the cemetery in France where they buried almost 9,000 men and not one of them deserted their post. They all knew there was a chance that they might be killed.
I agree that all soldiers should be brought home. Not this particular soldier treated as a hero.
The administration traded five for one. I don't agree with this, maybe one for one, or maybe two for one, but not five for one.
The people in the military (most have been in combat) that agree with what the administration did should resign their commissions right now. Just because the president didn't serve in the military he thinks this was right; it wasn't. If he had, he wouldn't have been so gullible to trade five for one. He would have learned this by being trained that each man depends on every other man in his unit.
I have not heard from the American Legion (of which I am a member) on the subject of this matter. I believe Bergdahl should stand before a court martial and let them decide whether he is guilty or not, and if found guilty, he should be sentenced to the appropriate penalty.
What the administration did is a slap in the face of every veteran that has served both dead and alive and not deserted his or her post.
This is a sign to the Taliban to get others out of Gitmo, is to capture any serviceman or woman, or civilian and trade for any of their prisoners for these people.
I am only one person, but there are (others), I'm sure, that think the way I do. There are many people that has sons or daughters that not come home, either severely disabled or dead.
Robert L. Morris, USMC