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Rolling Thunder rallies for return of POW

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By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA -  There were more than 78,000 American soldiers left behind in World War II, more than 8,000 in Korea and more than 1,500 in Vietnam.

But there's only one soldier right now who has been left behind in Afghanistan, and he trained right here at Fort Benning.

We know about prisoner of war Jessica Lynch who rescued by US Special Operation forces and brought home from Iraq in 2003.

But some of you may not know who Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is.

"A lot of the public is unaware that we have a live POW over in Afghanistan and we need to bring him home," Retired SFC Greg West says.

Bergdahl was 21 years old when he was captured by Taliban forces in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. He is believed to be held captive in Pakistan.

Since then, the Taliban has released four videos of Bergdahl.

"If you look at the third it's the most heartbreaking because he is begging to come home," West says.

West is one of the 12,000 members nationwide apart of Rolling Thunder, a veteran's support organization aimed at education the public.

"Try to correct the wrongs of the past and the veterans of the future in case they find themselves prisoners of war or missing in action," West say.

While the Taliban is demanding money and the release of almost two dozen Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl, West says there are other ways to get him home.

"The technology we have today, the Special Forces, the men and women we have in today's military we can go in and get him, I just don't understand why we haven't," West says.

West spoke with Bergdahl's father this week via email.

"Not forgotten, never forget, no one left behind. Please, tie a ribbon somewhere for all those who still need to come home," West says.

West says he still has hope Bergdahl will return home safely, especially with Veterans Day coming up this weekend.

"Veterans Day is to celebrate all veterans, the ones we can see and go out and shake their hands, but we forget about the one's we can't see, like Bowe," West says.

West and the Rolling Thunder are asking for your help. They are urging you to call your local representatives and ask them to push to bring Bergdahl home.

For more information on Bergdahl and the Rolling Thunder log onto

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