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Captured soldier's parents again express thanks

  BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The parents of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl says they appreciate and take comfort in the vast support received in recent days from political leaders, friends and neighbors.

Government officials identified Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Saturday as the soldier being held hostage in a video released by the Taliban. There are conflicting reports about whether Bergdahl's left the base near Pakistan willingly or was kidnapped.

Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling read a prepared statement from Bergdahl's parents Tuesday at the Hailey coffee shop where Bergdahl worked before joining the U.S. Army in 2008.

In the statement, the parents thanked President Obama, Idaho elected officials and others from around the world that have expressed support for the family.

Femling, who met with the parents Tuesday, says the family is proud of their son and his decision to join the military.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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