Rescue Backlash: Some Soldiers Call Bergdahl a Deserter

Some soldiers are upset about the attention surrounding Bowe Bergdahl's prison release.
3:07 | 06/03/14

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in Europe right now, speaking out about Bowe bergdahl, saying America has a sacred tradition. We take care of our own. We leave no one behind. Let's start with Martha Raddatz, with the growing anger over the release and from his military unit. Reporter: This morning, bergdahl remains hospitalized in Germany, in stable condition, suffering from malnutrition and receiving psychological counseling after five years with the Taliban. But bergdahl's transition home could be especially challenging, given the storm of controversy surrounding his release and his reason for capture. This morning, stunning accusations from soldiers who served with bergdahl in Afghanistan. I feel like he deserted us. He knew what he was doing when he deserted us. It was premeditated. It was thoughtout. He was not captured. He was not forcefully taken off the base. He left on his own accord. Reporter: Bergdahl, an outdoorsman and skilled marksman, enlisted in the army while living in a small town in Idaho. He was home-schooled and he also loved ballet. In the beginning, fellow soldiers say he was thought of as a good soldier, although different. He was a little odd. But not in an alarming way. He didn't have a cell phone. He didn't watch TV or watch movies. He just read a lot of books. And he studied several languages. Reporter: But when he arrived in Afghanistan in 2009, he quickly made it known he wasn't happy with America's role in the war. He was very upset with, like, the army's focus on how we were handling the war. Reporter: It was within two months of his arrival in the war zone that fellow soldiers say he walked away from post, looking for the Taliban. His weapon and body armor left behind. But worse, they say, the subs subsequent search, costing at least six American lives. But for those in his hometown and of course his parents, the father growing a beard as a show of support, there's been nothing but excitement over his release. But this morning, questions about a tweet that appeared to be from the father to a spokesman for the Taliban, days before bergdahl's release. The tweet was later deleted. But days later, the parents were in the rose garden with the president. The fact is, they are the parents of sergeant bergdahl. Their son was held in captivity for five years. It was absolutely the right thing to do for the commander in chief, for this administration, to take action to secure his release. Reporter: And just a short time ago, the chairman of the general chiefs of staff, general martin Dempsey, posted on his Facebook page, like any other American, bergdahl is innocent until proven guilty. The military won't look away from any misconduct, he said. But this was the last, best chance to free him, something they would do for any U.S. Service member held captive, he said.

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