I am a veteran of the Korean War. I am a 50-year life member and past post commander of Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3095 in Friendship.

I would like to express my opinion about Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who was rescued in June from his captors in Afghanistan.

First, I am concerned about swapping five terrorists for this soldier, who may have put down his weapon and deserted his post. Some of his buddies were actually killed in an attempt to rescue him.

Secondly, I have heard that he is owed $250,000 for back pay as a prisoner. I think it must be proven that he was a prisoner and not a deserter.

I am writing this letter to keep this soldier’s situation before the public. I want everyone to be aware of his eventual trial.

I don’t know if justice will prevail. I don’t have much faith in the government. Our treatment of our veterans in the Veterans Affairs hospitals and giving up five terrorists for a possible deserter is just not right.

Alton Hayden
Waldoboro