Billboards plea for POW's release from the Taliban
MILTON, Wash. -- Between cell phone ads and plumbing company offers, there is a name shining on a billboard along I-5 in Milton.
It's a name you may not know: Bowe Bergdhal.
The Army sergeant from Idaho was captured by the Taliban in 2009, and despite a few letters and disturbing "proof of life" videos, there has been little hope for a safe return from Afghanistan.
Chrissy and Nick Marsaglia of Olympia are both former Marines and learned about Bergdhal's predicament.
"We just figured somebody had to do something," Nick said.
Two years ago the couple founded "Bring Home Bowe," and helped raise money and get donated space on billboards from Tallahassee, Florida, San Diego and here in Western Washington.
"There's thousands of people that drive up and down the corridor each day," Chrissy said.
The news from Afghanistan over the weekend is a huge blow though.
The Taliban and the US government have been negotiating Bowe's release in exchange for five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
"We always get our hopes up with each new mention of a negotiation," Chrissy said.
Yet the Taliban backed out suddenly and there's no guarantee the talks will start up again. The Marsaglias say that's why the billboards are more important than ever.
"When you start to draw down from a war zone, it's going to be more difficult to pull Bowe out of that war zone," Nick said.
The Marsaglias care about the fate of a man they have never met. A man who has been gone far too long.