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Captured soldier's father, Keith Maupin, speaks about Bergdahl release

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CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

In 2004, Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin was in Iraq fighting for his country. 

His convoy was attacked.
 
"Matt was captured, I think that was on Good Friday.  The next week, we saw him on video where five guys were standing around him," said Matt's father, Keith Maupin.
 
Years later, a phone call would answer some unanswered questions. Pieces of Maupin's remains were finally found.
 
"In '08, March 21, they called us and said that they had found Matt," Maupin said.
 
Keith Maupin spends most of his time at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, where Maupin says more than 22,000 boxes have been stuffed and shipped for troops, on top of the other support he provides any way he can.

On those boxes are stickers of his son's face. Stuck next to those, stickers of another captured soldier, Bowe Bergdahl.
 
"Every one of them, I don't care where it goes, has got Bowe's sticker on it.  We wanted that boy to come home, too. It didn't make any difference to me.  I didn't have any information that they have now," said Maupin.
 
The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's release in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners has come under fire.  Some allege Bergdahl deserted his fellow soldiers.
 
"This guy needs his day in court, and we need ours so we'll know the information behind that.  But, if he is a deserter, then he needs to be held accountable for such actions that he did.  If he didn't do that, then Bowe Bergdahl's one hell of a hero," Maupin told FOX19.
 
Years ago, Maupin met with President George W. Bush about his son.  Maupin says a trade was never discussed for Matt, and he never wanted one.
 
"There's not one soldier that I can think of, including Matt, that would be worth trading five of the baddest bad guys on Earth," Maupin said.
 
In the end, Maupin says he's glad Bergdahl is home.  He says he'll now put a sticker on boxes with Bergdahl's face saying "released." 

But, if he did what he's accused of doing, Maupin says he has to be held accountable.
 
Years ago, Maupin tells FOX19, he actually had the chance to speak with Bergdahl's father in a very brief conversation.

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