Bergdahl's Hometown Unprepared For Backlash

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A sign showing support for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in front of a day care center along Main Street on June 2, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Almost immediately after the jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release on Saturday, after being held for five years by the Taliban, the story has taken a number of twists and turns.

First, there was criticism of the Obama administration exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed POW, saying men lost their lives searching for him.

“He’s at best he’s a deserter, and at worst he’s a traitor,” former Army Sgt. Josh Korder told CNN.

Bergdahl’s hometown was unprepared for the public backlash. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jessica Robinson reports from Hailey, Idaho.


  • Jessica Robinson, inland Northwest correspondent for Northwest News Network, reporting from the network’s bureau in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She tweets @N3jessica.
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