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Vets wage war against student loan debt

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by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 6/06/14, 10:58 am

A few months after Eli Williamson returned from his deployment to Iraq in 2004, his college loan officer called. Scrape together $2,200 in 20 days, the officer said, or default on the loan.

While attending Luther College in Iowa, Williamson and childhood friend Roy Brown joined the Army Reserves. Both served deployments in Iraq. The friends racked up student loans because the G.I. Bill wouldn’t cover everything.

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The curious case of Bowe Bergdahl

Military | The Army sergeant’s former pastor speaks about the soldier’s controversial release
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/03/14, 02:05 pm

Phil Proctor remembers pastoral visits to Bowe Bergdahl’s home more than a decade ago. In 2003, Bergdahl was a teenager living with his parents and older sister in their rural home in Hailey, Idaho. Proctor was pastor of Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, an Orthodox Presbyterian (OPC) congregation in Boise.

The Bergdahls built their home in a picturesque valley, filled it with books, and homeschooled their children. Proctor remembers the family—including Bowe—as rugged, outgoing, and highly intelligent.

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Taliban frees U.S. soldier held captive for almost five years

Military
by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/31/14, 01:24 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan, is free today after the Obama administration agreed to release five Afghan detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

In a statement issued after U.S. officials took custody of Bergdahl in Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, President Barack Obama said his release “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.”

Taliban fighters took Bergdahl on June 30, 2009.

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