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President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Saturday, May 31, 2014. With the President are Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Earlier this evening, in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama spoke about the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — an American soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity during the war in Afghanistan.

Standing with Sgt. Bergdahl's parents, Bob and Jani, the President made clear that "while Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten."

His parents thought about him and prayed for him every single day, as did his sister Sky, who prayed for his safe return. He wasn't forgotten by his community in Idaho, or the military, which rallied to support the Bergdahls through thick and thin. And he wasn't forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.

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