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Ayotte Urges Defense Secretary to Redouble Efforts to Find Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Senate Armed Services Committee Member Has Demanded Pentagon Act With Urgency

Jan 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that the U.S. military has received a video showing that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may be alive, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is urging the Secretary of Defense to redouble efforts to locate the missing soldier, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan.

"This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family," Ayotte wrote in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Senator Ayotte has repeatedly urged the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sgt. Bergdahl and bring him home - including writing two letters to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta requesting an update on the department's actions. She also worked successfully to include language in the Senate Armed Services Committee report for the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which called on DoD to answer questions on the status of the search for Sergeant Bergdahl.

AYOTTE LETTER TO SECRETARY HAGEL:

The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Hagel:

I am writing to request an update on the Department of Defense's (DoD) efforts to locate and bring home Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl.

On January 15, it was reported that a proof-of-life video featuring Sergeant Bergdahl was received by DoD. Can you please confirm whether this video exists and has been received by the Pentagon? If the reports are accurate, this video appears to provide hope that Sergeant Bergdahl may be alive.

This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.

Our men and women in uniform must know that if they are captured by the enemy, our nation will not rest until they are rescued.

I look forward to receiving your response. Thank you for your service to our country.

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