Fallen Soldier's Mom: He Died Searching for Bergdahl
The mother of a U.S. solider who was reportedly killed while searching for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, shared her reaction to hearing about the charges he is facing.
Martha MacCallum reported on "America's Newsroom" that 20-year-old Pfc. Matthew Martinek was killed in 2009 when his vehicle was ambushed while searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan.
Last May, Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in a controversial exchange in which five senior Taliban leaders were freed from Guantanamo Bay.
Martinek's mother, Cheryl Brandes, has stated that her son died searching for Bergdahl. She shared her reaction to hearing that the Army has charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
"The reaction was that of finding some closure, something that we've been asking for," Brandes said. "To find the absolute truth and just get to the bottom of this."
Brandes said that she agreed with President Obama after he announced last May that Bergdahl was going to freed by the Taliban.
"I would agree that we don't leave any man behind," she said. "With the intelligence that [Obama] has, what I knew, he should have already known that Berghdal had deserted and left his post, willingly walked away."
She also said that trading five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bergdahl was a "bad deal."
"Every man and woman that's in the military deserves the answers to Bergdahl and the accountability," she said. "The military moral I would imagine has been uplifted with the news of the charges. But these are only charges. There's a trial, there's a lot more to this."
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