(Photo Courtesy U.S. Army)
The United States obtained "proof of life" of a Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson soldier who has been a prisoner of war since 2009.
Officials say a frail and shaky Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is seen on a video that was intercepted by the U.S. last week.
In the video Taliban members demand the release of 5 members in return for his release.
Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan when deployed with JBER's 4-25th Infantry Division.
This is the first video released of him in 3-years.
The Newscenter spoke to the family’s representative and Idaho National Guard Colonel Tim Marsano who released a statement by Bergdahl’s parents:
“Today we learned that a new video of our son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been distributed by his captors.
Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible.
As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father.
BOWE - If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”
Col. Marsano also added that the family, “have noted the support that comes from Alaska, the Military Commanders there have reached out to them on several occasions and I know that means a lot.”