An Omaha combat veteran is speaking out after a military judge today spared disgraced U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl jail time in his desertion case. Former Green Beret Trevor Thrasher is concerned that today’s outcome will help the Taliban recruit others who want to defect knowing they won’t serve prison time for desertion.
Thrasher served in Afghanistan at the time Bergdahl was missing and took part in operations where they had to ask about his whereabouts.
Thrasher says, “There was a great deal of effort, a great deal of resources spent while trying to recover. We knew at the time from the intelligence that he slid over to the enemy side and it wasn’t a kidnapping or a traditional POW type situation. Even at the time we were obligated to try to determine his whereabouts and spend our resources and do things that could be detrimental to our safety to try to locate him. Even though we were doing that we knew the truth was this guy was a defector.”
Thrasher is also concerned today’s outcome will help the Taliban recruit others who want to defect knowing they won’t serve prison time for their actions.