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Former POW Has Unique Perspective On Bergdahl

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(WLNS) - Sympathy or scorn? Most of America seems to think Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl deserves one or the other for allegedly leaving his unit before becoming a five year prisoner of war under Taliban captors.

But former Army Major Christopher Stone says we're focusing on the wrong issue.

"It was really important for the US Army and the country to say--regardless of what the circumstances were--we're going to bring him home," says Christopher Stone, former POW.

Stone knows all too well the horrors of being held captive by the enemy.

"We certainly didn't know what was going to happen. We didn't know if they were going to kill us," he adds.

In 1999 he and two other soldiers were taken prisoner by Yugoslavian forces during a peace-keeping mission turned NATO offensive.

He says the next thirty-two days of his life were absolute hell.

"Some really dark times for sure," he remembers, "We had a hood over my head--my hands tied behind my back for most of the day."

nNt to mention daily torture and beatings.

As the national debate continues over whether the US should have let 5 known terrorists free for Bergdahl's return Stone says critics often forget the value of one American soldier.

Reporter: "If you knew 5 high-level enemy combatants would be returned in exchange for your freedom-- would you have wanted to come home?"

stone: "That's a difficult question to ask and one that's hard to speculate on. What I know is it's important for us as a country to send a message to our military that you're not going to be left behind."

A rule without which Stone might not be alive today.

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