U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been held hostage for years. He's the only U.S. Prisoner of War from the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban captured him in combat in Afghanistan in June 2009. Right now, he is believed to be held in Pakistan.
Now the Taliban is promising to return Bowe to the U.S. in exchange for five senior Taliban operatives. Sgt. Bergdahl's family in Idaho is fighting for him, but there are also people fighting for him here in the Triad.
The soldier's story caught the attention of a Winston-Salem Rolling Thunder chapter. It's a group dedicated to bringing home Prisoners of War like Sgt. Bergdahl.
Rolling Thunder members Cheryl and Bob Penn have been doing everything they can to bring attention to the situation. They've made phone calls, sent letters, emails, faxes and even visited Washington, D.C. to try and get lawmakers' attention.
Now that there is a real chance of Sgt. Bergdahl coming home, all that hard work looks like it may be about to pay off.
"Bowe's story has struck a chord with all of us. We want him home. He belongs here. He is a soldier that has fought bravely for his country and is still doing so to this day. We want him home. It's time for him to come home now," Cheryl Penn said.
Bob Penn traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this year to meet with Sgt. Bergdahl's father.
"He's wonderful man. He loves his son. He has total faith in America. He's a very dedicated American," Bob Penn said.
Cheryl Penn added, "We are just hopeful that all of the parties will come together and see what this is about. This is about a soldier who fought for his country. He needs to come home."