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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: November 3, 2017

Statement from Oklahoma Legislature Veterans Caucus on Bergdahl verdict

“Members of the Oklahoma Legislature Veterans Caucus are deeply disappointed in the verdict handed down today in the Bergdahl case. We agree with our Commander in Chief that the sentence handed down was a disgrace and a slap in the face of every combat veteran who, while serving our nation, has placed their life in harm’s way. In our opinion, the 14 year sentence recommended by the prosecution was very lenient and much more appropriate.

This sentence is especially shocking knowing that several troops were severely wounded while searching for Bergdahl. Some of those troops will suffer with those wounds the rest of their lives, long after Bergdahl is forgotten about.” – Oklahoma Legislature Veterans Caucus

“I am actually shocked at the verdict handed down today. As a veteran I find it very disappointing that someone would be given such a light sentence after violating their oath of service and betraying their brothers in arms.” Sen. Frank Simpson, Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

“As a combat veteran myself words cannot describe the anger and disappointment I feel today. Bergdahl betrayed his brothers and even placed their lives at risk because of his decision to desert his post. This sentence is not much more than a slap on the wrist.” Rep. Josh West, Vice Chair, House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

For more information, contact:
Sen. Simpson: (405) 521-5607
Rep. West: (405) 557-7415

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