Bowe Bergdahl May Be Entitled to $300K in Back Pay, Benefits

Bowe Bergdahl, left, leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility following sentencing at Fort Bragg, N.C., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The former Sergeant was spared any prison time and received a dishonorable discharge. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

November 9, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Disgraced former Soldier Bowe Bergdahl may still be able to collect as mush as $300,000 in back pay and benefits from his time spent in captivity with the Taliban.

On Thursday, the U.S. Army said it is deciding whether he should be considered a “prisoner of war” for which he would be compensated for.

However, back in October the 31-year-old pleaded guilty to desertion prior to being captured by the Taliban in 2009.

Earlier this month, Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged and escaped prison time, a ruling President Trump called a quote — “complete and total disgrace.”

“So we get a traitor named Bergdahl a dirty rotten traitor… who by the way when he deserted, six young beautiful people were killed trying to find him, right?” The president asked. “And you don’t even hear about them anymore.”

Officials say there is a chance Bergdahl may not be eligible for back pay, and could even owe money to the military pending the Army’s decision.

105 Comments on "Bowe Bergdahl May Be Entitled to $300K in Back Pay, Benefits"

  1. Charlene Rider | November 15, 2017 at 1:52 am |

    For which he would be compensated, not “for which he would be compensated for”. And let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

  2. Charles Miller | November 14, 2017 at 10:29 am |

    He doesn’t deserve anything but a bullet in the head.

  3. POW my DemoRAT! He was a traitorous deserter that caused harm to his fellow soldiers and he SHOULD be in lowest level of Leavenworth till he dies. Officers like his judge should be purged from the military as he is unfit to lead men. He could be a great Girl Scout leader however.

  4. How about they send that back pay to the families of those who were killed while searching for this human compost heap!

  5. Perhaps any payments to him by the Army should be divided up among the families of the soldiers who died looking for him and the soldiers who were severely wounded looking for him!

    A deserter–which he freely admitted–deserves NOTHING, but a firing squad!

  6. Only in Amerika!!!!

  7. Bob Ritthsler | November 10, 2017 at 8:06 am |

    No matter how undeserving he may be if the law says he is entitled to these monies then he must be paid. Has the General, who decides the matter, ruled on whether the judge’s decision will be accepted?

  8. Why not three trillion?

  9. Why not three trillion?

  10. In order to be a prisoner of war, you have to be caught. He turned himself over. He should feel lucky he isn’t spending the rest of his life in jail or hung.

  11. Entitled my a$$. He should be SHOT FOR DESERTION.

  12. This is what happens when liberal ideologues, like the presiding judge who sentenced him, run things. Soldiers who served well are either dead or at home, and this guy will be laughing at them all the way to the bank. How warped things have gotten.

  13. So this is how America’s LIBERAL all volunteer military service works today?

    An individual can volunteer and when they don’t like or want to question their assigned duties, where ever it may occur; they un-volunteer?

    At the same time, this un-volunteer individual goes about handing out secrets to the enemy, or abandons their assigned guard post (endangering or causing death to their fellow service members,) or destroys the good order and morale of their unit thru their individual actions.

    Meantime, our Military leadership and its legal system, along with the LIBERAL SWAMP RAT POLITICIANS, find these individual actions totally acceptable.

    Beyond acceptable, these liberal swamp rat government politicians and liberal military leaders want to ensure this un-volunteer gets paid for their sex changes or anything else this TRAITOR thinks they deserve, along with BACK PAY for their less than HONORABLE efforts!

    American has come to expect this kind of STUPIDITY from elected swamp rat politicians, but NEVER from the very Senior Military Leadership & UCMJ that every service member swears to protect & uphold while protecting “America from its enemies, both foreign & domestic.

    Now that this legally accepted behavior has precedence, it allows each military service member to randomly decide when they will be “taking a knee” as part of their volunteer service.

    As a disabled vet, I say, God help us all!

  14. constitutiononly | November 10, 2017 at 5:53 am |

    No way! He is entitled to a firing squad, and that is all.

  15. All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:09 am |

    He actually owes his life

  16. ThatsWhatRosieSays | November 10, 2017 at 5:05 am |

    In this dawg’s opinion, the ONLY thing Bergdahl should be “entitled to” is a life sentence and/or a noose. He clearly was/is a traitor to his Country; whose willful cowardly actions cost the lives of 6 American Soldiers.
    George Washington would have personally put this loser out of his misery.

  17. I read that there is one General in the Army criminal justice system that can reverse the verdict or something to that effect. DOD needs to lean on that officer and make it happen. HE’s a deserter plain and simple. Stupid for that matter; let’s see, hmmm, even thought you don’t agree with your commanders, you have the enemy out there somewhere, and you have numbers on your side, common sense says to stick it out where there is strength in numbers.

  18. This Traitor wiped hisass with his military record and now with our money. He deserves NOTHING, He ran away from his unit, he’s a dirty rotten traitor

  19. The only thing he is entitled to is a firing squad.

  20. Apparently, the army has its own swamp creatures, too.

  21. I guess my comment want liked…..hope this guy drops dead real quick……maybe lead poisoning?

  22. HOW THE HELL…..????!?!??!

  23. Too_Late_4_America | November 10, 2017 at 12:09 am |

    There are 2 disgraces at work here ….. the deserter and the judge.

  24. Too_Late_4_America | November 10, 2017 at 12:06 am |

    Let’s pay it to him at say …… $3. a year?

  25. Can we label the Trumps and Clintons who got out of the draft “deserters”? Did we label all the men who went to Canada “deserters”? How about all the able bodied men who never enlisted during Iraq and so forth are they “deserters”?

    • Too_Late_4_America | November 10, 2017 at 12:05 am |

      First off, Trump served in the ROTC (that is legitimate service) whereas Clinton and Obama never did any service. Secondly, ARE YOU A LIBERAL??? You sure sound like it.

      • All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:18 am |

        President Trump is doing his time, 8 years in the DEEP SWAMP🇺🇸 Fighting for America🇺🇸
        HRC and Barry … well we all know their stories “failed”⬇️

      • ROTC a legit service, are you kidding. Tell that to your friends at the water cooler.

  26. Stevenonymous | November 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm |

    It appears there’s more than one swamp that needs draining!

  27. Damn!!! Why didn’t I just run off when I had the chance???
    Oh, yea, back then I’ve been stood up against the wall and shot.

  28. tully bascomb | November 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm |

    Backwards world these days when a admitted deserter and collaborator gets a slap on the wrist and a solder doing his job faces prison.

  29. ...remain calm and return fire | November 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm |

    Rubbing salt into the wound…..truly a perverted Veterans Day gift…

  30. SaidNO2Liberalism | November 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm |

    Where I came from, we put down cowards instead of giving them back pay

  31. The judge should be un honorably discharged

  32. Scott Henke | November 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm |


  33. He walked up to the taliban and said “Hi, I want to join you.” That is NOT a prisoner of war. That is a deserting traitor.

  34. Frank Meccia | November 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm |

    Has are Army gone crazy? He was a deserted, the fact that he got captured does not make him a POW. He should not get a dime.. If he does, it’s an insult to every Army soldier.

  35. Ipickedaside | November 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm |

    What he should be getting is stuffed full of candy and hung from a tree, beaten like a good old pinata. DIRTY ROTTEN TRAITOR. makes me sick.

  36. OMG!!! Don’t make me puke again!!!! Beau Bergdahl belongs in front of a firing squad!!!!

  37. Why would he be entitled to anything, he wasn’t at work or on the clock. He was just goofing off playing pivot man for his Taliban buddies.

  38. One of the largest ‘black eyes’ and DISGRACE the Army has every had to deal with thanks to a liberal judge.

    This man should have been shot for his ‘actions in the face of the enemy’ and costing the lives of innocent troops that lost their lives trying to find a DESERTER whom leadership thought he had been captured by the enemy!

    • "The" Bobguy | November 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm |

      If not shot then minimum life. I’m still totally pissed by the 5 terrorist trade to get him by “Dumbass”.

  39. If they are going to give this traitor $300k perhaps the families of the six who died looking for him should sue him for the loss of their loved ones lives.

  40. Alan Lindquist | November 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm |

    get a rope

  41. Robert Adams | November 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm |

    This would be real travesty. Imagine the bank robber, after hiding out for 5 years, getting to keep the loot he stole.

  42. nfcapitalist | November 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm |

    Judge Jeffery Nance has rewarded a traitor… makes me wonder what could have been the reasoning behind this, blackmail or large deposit in a bank in the Bahamas… my guess is blackmail?

  43. Bull…he doesn’t deserve a dime!

  44. He is certainly owed a hanging

  45. only 72 virgins – no more!

  46. The only true justice would be Bowe Bergdahl receiving the same sentence and punishment as Pvt. Eddie Slovik on January 31, 1945… Bergdahls crime is way worse than Slovik’s.

    • grandmother5 | November 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm |

      I read a story about Slovik. He was the example for deserters. Not another shot after Slovik. I believe Bergdahl should have spent at least the rest of his life in prison. That wouldn’t even start to pay for the men that died looking for his deserter @$$.

  47. If i was the family of the 6 that were killed looking for this scum, i would sue him. This is bull crap that he may get that kind of money for desertion! If that is the case, how many more will want to desert the military!

  48. Disgusted Caucasian | November 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm |

    A nation gone mad.

  49. The judge should pay that out of his annual salary, and then Bergdahl should be sent swimming with the fishes with a cinder block anchor the day after the check arrives

  50. What he really deserves I can’t say here in a public forum, but suffice it to say he has the blood of 6 better men than he will ever be on his hands for the rest of his miserable existence, let alone the suffering of the others who ended up crippled for life for going on those missions looking for him.

    • Phil M. Kelley | November 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm |

      There are literally billions of men better than Bergdahl, but I agree that these who were ordered to search for him are at the top of that list of better men.

  51. ShemSilber2 | November 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm |

    It seems to some of us that what Bergdahl is entitled to and what he would have gotten in times past is a sentencing before a firing squad, SOP for deserters, nu?

  52. “So we get a traitor named Bergdahl a dirty rotten traitor… who by the way when he deserted, six young beautiful people were killed trying to find him, right?” The president asked. “And you don’t even hear about them anymore.”

    Feel however you want to about the President, but I applaud the way he has the guts to say it the way most of America wants it to be said.

  53. Visualverbs | November 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm |

    If they let this POS get back pay, then I’ll bet they ‘d let a traitor-spy, who secretly wants to be a woman, get ‘gender re-assignment’ treatment while in federal prison!!! Ha!


    • Trump needs to step in. This is BS!

      • grandmother5 | November 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm |

        Can he do that? I doubt it. It would be wonderful if he could stop this POS from getting anything else.

        • He’s CIC. That must mean something.

          • grandmother5 | November 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm |

            Wait you’re right. Didn’t Obama grant something to Manning? Made him a free man. Plus the Army, well the taxpayers paid for his man to woman change. Still a man the surgery didn’t work. LOL!

    • grandmother5 | November 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm |

      Too late Bradley had his surgery. Still looks like a man to me, because he’s still a man. Not a man, man, but a slime ball man.

  54. He dodged the firing squad, he dodged time in Leavenworth, He was responsible for the death of many other soldiers, He elected to defect!!.
    This is NOT the Army I was in (many years ago).
    This is PC in action.
    I would like to hear the reasons the Army set him free.
    If he gets paid this blood money, the money should be turned over to the families that lost loved ones because of his desertion!!

    • "The" Bobguy | November 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm |

      You are 100% spot on.

    • Deplorable son | November 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm |

      In 1980 I was a Spec 4 attached to the 10th aviation battalion Fort Lewis Wa. I just got back from leave and needed a haircut badly but I decided to go to the mess hall first (in uniform). I got ten feet from the door and out comes General Stone and his entire staff, it scared me so bad I didn’t salute I just put my head down and and tried to get real thin…I got ten days in CCF for that. That was the ARMY I was in.

      • All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:02 am |

        Thank you for your Service 🇺🇸
        I wonder how this guy got off?
        Has the military changed that much or was the “Judge” paid off?

      • Read what Larry Spiller said i think he was 82nd AB according to his screen sign…..

      • I got smoked in front of Burger King on Ft. Lewis for being out of uniform. That E-7 was genuinely pissed at me. (I was wearing my P.T. uniform)

    • Michael Meyer | November 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm |

      I wonder, though, if he could dodge a frag or a reasonable facsimile of one. While that may be tongue and cheek, I wonder who in the real world would hire or associate with a deserting traitor like him. Many will not make his life easy. He better have friends in high places if he is going to survive.

    • All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:01 am |

      Those that lost loved ones as well as those that sustained devastating injuries must feel well served by the military “Judge” Nance that let this guy walk!

    • But he may not getting nada, zero zilch…….we will see
      wait and see

  55. Swampdrainer | November 9, 2017 at 1:03 pm |

    If the so called judge in Hawaii is tasked with deciding if he gets the $300K for desertion, it’s a no brainer.

    • All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:08 am |

      The military “Judge” allows a deserter that caused American Soldiers to be killed and maimed to walk and the US Airforce out of California fails to enter Church Murderer Kelley’s domestic violence charge into the National Criminal Information Center database??
      What a mess⬇️

      • All American | November 10, 2017 at 5:56 am |

        Almost left out the collisions of US Navy Ships!
        Where is the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee on this? He has plenty of opinion about others business!


  57. He admitted to desertion. He should not then qualify for “POW” status. Seems open and shut to me.

    • Larry Spiller | November 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm |

      Roger that. The Army works in mysterious ways at times as we both know. During his desertion he was promoted to E-4 and then E-5. He also got to wear about 10 combat stripes for his desertion. No pretrial confinement or anything close to what the average Soldier would have faced. The commands I was in would have found a way to send him to the court martial as an E-1 already. Demotion Board (only ever seen 1) from E-5 to E-4 for incompetence and then some little thing made big for a field grade Art. 15 taking him from E-4 to E-2 and then something real small at the company level for another Art. 15 making him an E-1. And on top of it he would be making up all the deserter/AWOL Bad Time. Every damn day of it like it used to be. He’s got some friends in high places obviously. He just might hit the Deserter Lotto. Sorry I got long winded. Something snagged my tripwire and off I went.

      • The “friends in high places” is the entire Obama Administration. I imagine the Pentagon pressured the Judge to not give prison time. It would have made things awkward for the U.S. in the world media. Obama exchanges 5 terrorists for Bergdahl and is given a hero’s welcome by the Administration only to be court martialed and jailed later on?? He pleaded guilty to charges that could have resulted in life in prison yet didn’t ask for any type of plea deal? The outcome was predetermined. Thank you for your Honorable service!

        • Larry Spiller | November 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm |

          Soldier, you are right on target on this one. Perhaps you did better than Columbo might have done figuring it out. No pre trial confinement deal offered up when facing life, absolutely proves the sentence was predetermined. Especially when/because he was going to plead guilty. WOW. What a wake up call that truly is. Not a theory, but the absolute truth you told. Wonder if B.B. knew it, or was he sweating it out? I’m not vindictive, however justice was not served on him. Now we all know why. I thought when B.B. Senior (Weird Beard) was hanging around Obama, something wasn’t right. It wasn’t. Enjoy your holiday coming up soon.

        • Rick Stidger | November 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm |

          Spot on.

        • Need to get rid of these obumber carry overs

        • CDG you where 82nd Aiborne right?
          I never had the chance to serve, i become a diabetic at age 19.
          Wanted to join the air force i had 289 hrs on gliders and in 1984 AF would love to get me comminng from an e european country….

      • nfcapitalist | November 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm |

        $usan Rice said he served with honor and distinction… distinction for sure, Obama administration 0 and American’s who served with honor and distinction 0.

      • No it was a little insight into the armys ways and things!!
        AndThanks for serving!

      • Deplorable son | November 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm |

        Coming back at ya Larry.

        In 1980 I was a Spec 4 attached to the 10th aviation battalion Fort Lewis Wa. I just got back from leave and needed a haircut badly but I decided to go to the mess hall first (in uniform). I got ten feet from the door and out comes General Stone and his entire staff, it scared me so bad I didn’t salute I just put my head down and and tried to get real thin…I got ten days in CCF and 60 days reduction of pay for that. That was the ARMY I was in.

      • I never agreed with the automatic promotion crap. I remember being a young soldier competing for the E-4 promotion my platoon was given by the commander. Not one hair out of place for weeks. Best years of my life. And an NCO was fully qualified for the promotion BEFORE you were allowed to compete for it. They have weakened a strong Army with this PC BS

        • Larry Spiller | November 13, 2017 at 11:41 am |

          Agreed. Promo-boards are a fine tool to use early on. They are used to the hilt later on in a Soldier’s career. BB wasn’t even around for an automatic promotion to E-4 let alone one to E-5. The latter doesn’t exist. How many promo points did he get for being a deserter I wonder? While he attached himself to a Taliban unit, did they put him through PLDC/PNCOC? Would like to know how the E-5 promo came about. It damn sure wasn’t posthumously. I spent a few years in a S-1 section. Seen lots of regulations used and abused to help or hinder. Never would have imagined a thing like BB’s case.

    • All American | November 10, 2017 at 4:37 am |

      That should buy him a nice cemetery plot

    • That REALLY pisses me off. That SOB belongs in prison let alone eligible for ANYTHING. Go 82nd Airborne. Sep 55 – Sep 58

  58. Jock E Shift | November 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm |

    We’re circling the drain, people.

  59. Wait, what??????

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