Not every soldier or sailor is a "Captain America." In fact many do not stand up to the physical and mental rigors of war and not every casualty bears external scars.
Fortunately, most of these men and women, who are truly "unsuitable for service," fold and reveal this problem under the stress of rigorous boot camp training and are discharged.
But some make it all the way into combat situations -- where the consequences of any breakdown are more serious. It happens in every war. It happened as recently as World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
It even happens in peace time; military service has unique stresses which some cannot cope with.
How Bergdahl became a prisoner isn't known, but what is known is he volunteered to serve his country. It was right for his country to bring him home.
It was acceptable to exchange him for those five terrorists, who, if they violate the exchange agreement, will soon be targeted men. It may take time to get them, as it did with Osama bin Laden, but we have proven that we can do it.
Let Bergdahl come home and heal. Whatever the circumstances of his capture, even if he foolishly walked away from his post, five years as a prisoner of the Taliban is serious punishment.
If men went in harm's way seeking the missing man, I am sure every one of them would ask the same of their comrades if they, too, went missing.
Sandra J. Gander