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VIDEO: Parents Of Soldier Who Was Killed Searching For Bowe Bergdahl Say Military Lied to Them

In an emotional interview on Fox News, the parents of a soldier who died searching for Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan said that their son had called him a deserter, and that the Obama administration lied to them about the circumstances of the death of their son, Darryn Andrews:

He was killed Sept. 4, 2009, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Defense Department notice announcing his death. He was 34.

The military told the Andrews family that their soldier died after a mission to capture a top Taliban fighter, Sondra Andrews said.

“By omission, we assumed they were just pursuing the Taliban,” she said. “Then the guys [Darryn Andrews served with] started contacting me. They said, ‘No, ma’am, we were looking for [Bergdahl].’ ”

Sondra Andrews said she’s “very angry” that the military didn’t contact the family before announcing Bergdahl’s recovery.

“They didn’t have enough respect for us to give us the consideration of letting us know, especially since Darryn was part of that mission,” she said. “As a mother, you’re like, ‘what else have they not told us?’ ”

In so many ways the deal looks ill-conceived and poorly executed, but one of the worst is how the families of those who died looking for this deserter feel. It’s something that Americans won’t ignore.

The Andrews also said that they believed Bergdahl should be tried as a deserter.

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