I read the letter to the editor by Kathleen Gurry (June 18), who disagreed about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and what should happen to him with regard to the action he took concerning his possible desertion.
I, too, am a veteran from a different time called Vietnam, but I also served during time of the Bay of Pigs and during the time when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
While I feel Bergdahl may have been tortured at the hands of our enemy, it was a poor choice he made ahead of time. Just the messages he left behind caused the deaths of at least six servicemen who stuck it out regardless of how hard it got, losing their lives looking for this person.
As a combat corpsman, I saw a lot of good, honest men who did their duties regardless of how hard it got.
Then to trade the enemy, who helped kill a lot of other GI’s who were brave enough to stick it out, was just plain wrong. If you think these enemies won’t help again, forget it. It’s a pipe dream to think the enemy turned over a new leaf.
As a retired correctional officer, I, too, have seen the after results of people coming back from overseas. A few do make mistakes and end up in jail. (Sometimes) a job and better mental health coverage would’ve gone a long way.