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Ex-Army Ranger: Give Bergdahl's Pay to Families of Soldiers Killed

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 12:18 PM

Reports that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his post in Afghanistan to report wrongdoing in his unit sound like "a complete lie," former Army Ranger Nicholas Irving said Monday on "Americas Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"The fact that he walked out into enemy territory, especially in 2009 — I was deployed at that time," Irving said. "Afghanistan was a really rough place and to walk off base with no weapon, no military gear, to go inform someone, it sounds like a complete lie. Especially the fact that we have telephones nowadays."

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Irving, author of "The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers," said he thinks that Bergdahl, who has been charged with desertion, should face the death penalty.

"You're looking at six soldiers who lost their lives, many wounded soldiers as well," he said of the cost of searching for Bergdahl after his disappearance. "If we can't pursue the death penalty, then how about we get that money back from Bowe Bergdahl ... his back pay, and give it to the families of the soldiers who were killed?"

Irving also said that he wrote his book as a form of therapy after doing multiple tours in which he earned a reputation as one of the Army's most lethal snipers.

"I was going through a lot of hard times," he said. "As soon as I got out in 2010, I contracted for different agencies or government entities, and after 2011 ... I started to really go through really hard times.

"I decided it was going to be more of a therapy for me to write the book, and ... I wanted to put the reader in my position or my shoes so they can get a feel of what it's like to serve in combat.

"Not necessarily (to) take a human life," he said. "I wasn't trying to really portray that but just the feel of being in combat and waking up every day thinking that you might die, may not come back home to your family."

At age 18, Irving said he killed his first target.

"That impacted me I guess pretty significantly, the first one," he said. "But after that I never really thought too much about it. It was more or less a job for me. It wasn't the thing that I dwelled on too much. 

"I wanted to make it back home. And if taking a life so one of my brothers, their mom would not have to [be presented with] a folded flag because her son died, I was OK with that."

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