Local vets: Prisoner swap for former POW "troubling"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local veterans say exchanging 5 alleged high level terrorists for former POW Bowe Bergdahl crossed a dangerous line.

Colonel Len Loving spent years in the military. Now, he heads up the 5 Star Veterans Center. While he, and all the veterans we spoke to say they're glad Bergdahl is free, there's concern over how the deal was reached.

"I think everyone should feel proud about taking care of our American serviceman," he said. "Whether we did the right thing in terms of what we have up to get him, that's something that remains to be answered by the experts," he added.

The United States says the 5 that were released from Guantanomo Bay will be closely monitored in Qatar for a year. James Hetter spent 5 years in Iraq, and says not using special forces or Navy SEALS to rescue Bergdahl was a big step backward for national security.

"It's a time bomb waiting to explode is you negotiate with terrorists, you've opened up a whole other world," he said.

Bowe Bergdahl was captured in 2009. Military leaders he could be reunited with family as early as this week.


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