Panhandle Spirit: Stratford Man fighting for P.O.W.

Stratford resident Josh Willey is determined to make Congress and other lawmakers aware of the plight of Bowe Bergdahl.

Army Sergeant Bergdahl has been a Taliban prisoner since 2009.

Willey says he came across Bergdahlâ??s story on Facebook and one thing led to another.

Soon he was actively lobbying for Bergdahlâ??s release, enlisting the help of family, friends and authorities.

He says heâ??s probably made at least 200 calls to legislators.

He says, "In one of his last videos he says, "I want to come home," over and over. For him to be over there, lonely, around people who donâ??t like himâ?¦God only knows whatâ??s going on over there."

Sherman County Sheriff Joe Powell says, "It doesnâ??t surprise me we have a citizen so willing to reach outâ?¦Weâ??re wearing the bracelets. What Josh did, he had bracelets made with Boweâ??s name, U.S. Army, the day he disappeared."

Stratford Police Chief Aaron Sheehan says, "If one guy can do that on his own, think what hundreds of us can do."

Willey says thatâ??s what he intends to do, to get more people involved, one person at a time, one phone call at a time.