POW gives first-hand look at what life's like after returning home
MILWAUKIE, Ore- Back in their home state of Idaho for the first time since finding out their son is a free man, Bob and Jani Bergdahl got a rock star welcome.
Overcome with emotion Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents were quick to temper the celebration.
"Give yourself all the time you need to recover and decompress, there is no hurry," Jani Bergdahl said.
They know full well it will be a long road to recovery for their son.
"Bowe has been gone so long it's going to be very difficult to come back," Bob Bergdahl said.
World War II veteran and former German POW Fred A. Jossi knows first-hand what Sgt. Bergdahl is going through.
Jossi was just 21 when he joined the army. He was shipped to Africa and was soon captured by the Germans.
He spent the next two years working 10 hour days shoveling sand in a German POW camp.
He didn't know what to call it 72 years ago, but Jossi is still dealing with his PTSD.
"I really had a hard time with it. I didn't want to associate with people," Jossi said.
Now he hopes Sgt. Bergdahl has a better support system than he did all those years ago, knowing it will take a lot of love and support for his physical and emotional wounds to heal.