Parents of Soldier Who Died Searching for Bergdahl Speak Out on O’Reilly

The parents of a soldier who was killed during the search for Bowe Bergdahl spoke out on The O’Reilly Factor tonight. Army Pfc. Matthew Martinek died from wounds sustained when an IED went off as he was searching for Bergdahl, and his mother, Cheryl Brandes, told O’Reilly that “holding accountability to Bergdahl” is the first concern she has.

She said she has a serious problem with people referring to this possible deserter as a “hero” and that he served with honor. Martinek’s stepfather Ken Luccioni said while it’s easy to sympathize with Bergdahl’s parents, he has to be held accountable for what he’s done. Both of them also expressed their concerns about how Bergdahl was released in the first place.

Brandes told O’Reilly, “I knot that with my son, if he was captured and didn’t go AWOL, I know for sure that he would not want five extremely dangerous terrorists traded for his life.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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