BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The father of an American soldier just released from captivity in Afghanistan said he was proud of how far his son, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, was willing to go to help the Afghan people.
Bob and Jani Bergdahl did not elaborate on what that meant during a Sunday press conference in Boise. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday in exchange for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees after spending nearly five years as a Taliban prisoner.
His parents said they had not spoken with Bergdahl and would wait until military experts said he was ready to talk to family. Officials did not offer details about Bergdahl's health.
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Bergdahl’s parents addressed their son in the press conference on Sunday.
"I love you, Bowe. I'm so very proud of you,” said Jani Bergdahl.
"I'm proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length,” said Bob Bergdahl.
Bergdahl’s parents said they wanted him to take as long as he needed to get help readjusting to life in the United States.
"Give yourself all of the time you need to recover and decompress, there's no hurry,” said Jani Bergdahl.
The Bergdahl’s said the family had many challenges still ahead of them.
"It isn't over for us and in many ways it's just beginning for Jani and I,” said Bob Bergdahl.
The family was closer to the day they had been dreaming about for years on Sunday.
"You are free, freedom is yours, I will see you soon my beloved son. I love you Bowe,” said Jani Bergdahl.