By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department is doing everything possible to secure the return of an Army sergeant who has been in Taliban hands for nearly three years, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday.
During a Pentagon press conference, Panetta responded to questions about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose parents have spoken with reporters this week about their son’s captivity.
The secretary said his heart goes out to the Bergdahl family.
“We certainly understand the concerns of the family, and we share the concerns about Bergdahl and the importance of getting him returned,” Panetta said. “And we’re doing everything possible to try to see if we can make that happen.”
Bergdahl, 26, from Hailey, Idaho, has been missing since June 30, 2009, when his unit