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Card Campaign Asks You To Put POW On Your Mailing List

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, appears in a 2010 video from a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group, the Haqqani Network.

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.

Family friend Stefanie O'Neill helped organize the campaign to send cards to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“The idea behind it was to send a message to the White House and the Obama administration that it's time to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home," O'Neill says. "It's been four and a half years too long. And we're hoping that that message is being sent loud and clear.”

Churches, schools, and VFW posts have joined the effort. O’Neill estimates about 500,000 cards have been sent to the White House.

In addition, O’Neill and others are sending a second card to the Red Cross. Bergdahl has managed to write home through the international organization and O’Neill says the Red Cross may be able to deliver cards to him personally.

Of her card to Bergdahl, O'Neill says, “I didn't say a lot but I did let him know that his parents were strong because … from what I understand of Bowe, worrying about his family would probably be more important than worrying about himself.”

Bergdahl is the only known American prisoner of war from the conflict in Afghanistan.