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This post was updated Thurs. June 5 at 10:30 a.m. 

A Pentagon spokesman says former military captive Bowe Bergdahl's health is improving daily, and he is resting more comfortably and becoming more involved in a treatment plan designed to ease his return to the U.S.

The spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said there is no date set for Bergdahl to make his first phone call to his family in Idaho or to be transferred from a U.S. military hospital in Germany to an Army hospital in Texas.

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This post was updated at 4:37 p.m. on May 31, 2014.

President Barack Obama is welcoming the release of the lone U.S. solider held in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains at basecamp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.

Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  — who's been held by the Taliban since 2009 — has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

But if he's released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

Some people are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit in Paktika province.

Bergdahl — who's from Idaho — was last seen in a video the Taliban released in December.

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The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is working on a possible prisoner swap with the Taliban in order to free Idaho prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to the Post, U.S. officials are prepared to release five members of the Afghan Taliban imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Here's the latest update from The Associated Press, 5:20 p.m. 

The Idaho family of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is renewing their call for his release after the seeing a new video of him.

U.S. officials say they believe the video was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive after nearly five years of captivity.

A senior defense official said the video came to light several days ago. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos.

Idaho Town Remembers Fallen Airman

Jan 2, 2014

According to the Associated Press, 118 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2013.

Ten of them were killed in December, including two Marines from Massachusetts, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian and Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez.

People in the town of Sandpoint, Idaho, are also mourning this week.

Air Force Captain David Lyon died when the vehicle in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device last Friday in Kabul. He was 28.

The Defense Department says an Air Force captain assigned to Peterson Air Force Base has died from an explosion in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says 28-year-old David I. Lyon of Sandpoint, Idaho died Thursday.

His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kabul.

Lyon was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson. He was serving a yearlong deployment and was an advisor to Afghan National Army commandos.

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Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.

Now, organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him.

It's been four-and-a-half years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured near his base in southeast Afghanistan. The now 27-year-old is still believed alive, but so far there's end in sight for his captivity.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spoke to a large group gathered at the Idaho Fallen Heroes Memorial Wednesday morning in Boise to celebrate and commemorate the lives of those lost fighting the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the people in the crowd were families of Idaho soldiers who died in those wars.

Speaking to the crowd, Otter asked everyone to pause and remember that day 12 years ago, and the people who made the “ultimate sacrifice” in response to it.

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A U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive. That's according to news reports out of Pakistan. The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani  Network.

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The Defense Department says a 26-year-old Caldwell, Idaho, man was one of three soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., killed in action in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera and the other two soldiers died Sunday of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.

Also killed were Sgt. Jamar Hicks of Little Rock, Ark., and Spc. Keith Grace Jr. of Baytown, Texas.

The military says Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.

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Supporters of an Idaho soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey has been a prisoner of war for the last four years. Supporters are using billboards to publicize his captivity.

Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. “We have a Bring Bowe Home billboard above us.”

The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.

On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.

Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. At 20, they say, he took apart and rebuilt his 1978 KZ-1000 motorcycle.

Yellow ribbons and black prisoner-of-war flags are lining the streets in Hailey, Idaho today. The town is preparing to honor captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

The 27-year-old Army sergeant has been a prisoner of the Taliban for almost four years. Family and friends are getting ready for what they hope will be the biggest and last local rally to bring Bergdahl home.

Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey's Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to participate in the Bergdahl event.

Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from Bergdahl who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years. The letter's confirmation came about two months after their son turned 27.

The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] helped to get the letter to the family in Hailey, Idaho.

Idaho Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

May 6, 2013
Courtesy of Spc. Murach’s family

Military officials say five Fort Bliss soldiers have died in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan.

An Army statement Monday identified the dead as Spc. Kevin Cardoza of Mercedes, Texas; 1st Lt. Brandon James Landrum of Lawton, Okla.; Spc. Thomas Paige Murach of Meridian, Idaho; Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV of Meridian, N.Y.; and 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott of Bend, Ore.

They served in the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

Master Sgt. Adonis Jones / Idaho Army National Guard

Nearly 60 Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers returned to the U.S. late Saturday night after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. They’re charter flight took them to Ft. Hood, Texas where they were greeted by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho Adjutant General Gary L. Sayler, and Command Sgt. Major Kenneth Downing. 

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

In Salem, Oregon a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone. 

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United States Army Specialist Ethan J. Martin was killed by small-arms fire Tuesday in Afghanistan.

The 22-year-old was assigned to a squadron based out of Alaska. He hailed from Lewiston, Idaho and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Martin's family says he loved Idaho and loved to hunt and fish. He had planned to go to nursing school after leaving the Army.

Ethan Martin is survived by his mother and father, one sister, and seven stepbrothers and sisters.

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