Local Man Advocates for Prisoner of War

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com

Published 02/19 2014 04:34PM

Updated 02/19 2014 10:58PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph resident Josh Willey does not know Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war held by the Taliban.

But that's not stopping him from fighting for the American's release.

"Just imagine if it was your husband or brother, whatever," Willey said.

Willey recently moved to St. Joseph from Texas, where he began the campaign last year.

"A little over a year ago, I signed a petition online and started researching it a little more and just went with it because I really support this cause a lot," Willey said. "I have a lot of family in the military."

Bergdahl has been missing since 2009, and is believed to be the last missing soldier from the war in Afghanistan. Senator John McCain has been outspoken for his safe return.

"There are no good options, none," McCain said. "But doing nothing is basically what we've done, is the worst of all options."

A new report by several national media outlets say the United States is considering a prisoner exchange, releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Bergdahl.

The White House has not confirmed that report.

"Sergeant Bergdahl has been gone for far too long and we continue to call for his immediate release," Press Secretary Jay Carney said. "We can't discuss all the details of our efforts."

But the fact it's making headlines again is good enough for Willey.

"Any news is good news as far as getting it out there, getting the government concerned about it," he said.

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