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Fort Hood Lives Changed By Bergdahl's Captivity And Release

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(KCEN) -- The wife of a Fort Hood soldier who helped search for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl when he was taken prisoner by the Taliban is reacting to the circumstances of his recent release.

On Saturday, the White House traded Sergeant Bergdahl for five known terrorists formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

"When I met him, he seemed like a typical soldier," says Kimberly Harris. 

She met Bergdahl at a party in Alaska, as he and her husband prepared for the deployment that would lead to Bergdahl's captivity.

Shortly after his disappearance on June 30, 2009, her husband was sent to find him.

"He messaged me saying, hey, I'm going to be gone for a while, I'm going on a mission, if you don't hear from me, this is why." Kimberly recalls.

Two months passed and so did a rest and recuperation leave scheduled around the birth of their first son, but there was still no word.

Finally, the day little Caleb was born, Kimberly gets the phone call, and the only reason her husband could give for his absence was that Bergdahl had failed to report for chow and walked off the base, and he had to go and look for him.

Kimberly says, "I was upset, I was scared, it was like oh my God, because I know a lot of soldiers in that unit had been injured, had perished, because they were out searching for this guy who made a choice to leave."

Now she learns of the price the Obama Administration paid for his freedom.

"I was very angry. I got very upset, because it's my understanding we don't negotiate with terrorists," says Kimberly.

As some of Bergdahl's comrades publicly label him, "deserter," one local veteran wants more answers.

"Well, I think there ought to be an investigation, number one, to find out if this guy is really a traitor, what the circumstances are, you know condemning somebody, calling them a traitor before you know all the facts, is not right," said Robert L. Stone, who served in the Air Force for 32 years.

Kimberly says her emotions are mixed, because she is relieved that Bergdahl is safe and sound with his family.

She's also looking forward to hearing what, if anything, Bergdahl will have to say.

"I would like to know his side, because there is always two sides to every story," she says.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com
Photographer: Cameron Duckworth cduckworth@kcentv.com
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