Bowe Bergdahl's Release Raises Eyebrows for Some Local Vets

- Genoa-Matthew Martinek was a member of the United States Army. He was killed in Afghanistan back in 2009. Former soldiers say it happened while he was searching for Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by the Taliban.

Martinek frequently visited the Genoa Veteran’s Home where local vets say they always gave him a warm welcome.  It’s still unclear how Bergdahl was captured, but some have accused him of being a deserter.

Local Vet Donald Brown says “the members in his platoon and company got some pretty hard feelings against him. Now those were the guys that were there. I can only listen to what those guys are telling me.”

Bergdahl was released over the weekend in exchange for five Taliban members. Local Vet Tom Brown questions that decision. He says “we get one person back that possibly is a deserter, but we had to give up five Taliban which they go back into fighting.”

He does not want to call Bergdahl a traitor until all the facts come out, but the video of Bergdahl being released has him skeptical. Tom Brown says “he looks like he didn’t miss a meal. And now we’re supposed to praise him as a hero? I don’t think so.

Donald Brown adds “people lost lives looking for (Bergdahl). And if the accusations turn out to be true, Bowe Bergdahl is in a lot of trouble.

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