From rage to peace: A SEAL's view of Bergdahl

2017-10-28 07:00
Former Navy SEAL James Hatch. (AP File)

Former Navy SEAL James Hatch. (AP File)

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Fort Bragg - Former Navy SEAL James Hatch, whose career as a commando ended when he was shot while searching for Bowe Bergdahl, said his feelings toward the Army sergeant have gone from "I would like to kill him" to thanking the soldier's lead attorney for working so hard to defend him.

Hatch, who testified this week at Bergdahl's sentencing hearing on charges he endangered comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has had eight years to think about the nighttime raid that ended with insurgent AK-47 spray ripping through his leg.

In the following months, he sank into a depression he nearly didn't survive.

Through therapy, charity work with dogs and a cathartic book-writing process, his thinking has evolved on more than a few things - including Bergdahl's fate.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the retired senior chief petty officer said he wants Bergdahl to receive a dishonourable discharge.

He says he's still angry at Bergdahl, but doesn't envy the military judge who must decide his punishment after sentencing resumes on Monday.

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