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The parents of a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009 have new reason to be hopeful. They recently received a letter from their son, which states that he is alive and well.

NBC News reports that the Idaho couple, who have not had any updates on their son since May 2011, received the letter Thursday. Bob Bergdahl, the father of POW Bowe Bergdahl, said in a statement that he was confident that the letter was from his boy.

"Our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter, which gives us hope that Bowe is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances," Bergdahl said. The family’s media liaison, Colonel Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard, said all indications were that the handwritten letter was legitimate.

In his statement, Bob Bergdahl asked the captors to free his son, who disappeared from his base in southern Afghanistan in June 2009, and to keep him safe.

Marsano said the U.S. military is diligently working toward the release of America's only prisoner of war, who they believe is being held somewhere in northwest Pakistan. He added, "We have not forgotten Bowe Bergdahl for one moment and we never will. Our goal is to get him safely returned back to the United States and to his parents.”

According to Marsano, even though talk of Bergdahl's possible release through the efforts of U.S. negotiators has not been in the news of late "does not mean the work has slowed down, even for a moment."

Source: NBC News

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