Freed American Soldier's Story Mirrors HBO Series Homeland

by
Zohaib Ahmed
June 1, 2014: Bowe Bergdahl is coming home to a romantic situation straight out of Homeland.

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It's usually fiction that is inspired by real life events, but in some extremely rare cases, this trend reverses itself. Meet 25-year-old Monica Lee and her recently freed, boyfriend Bowe Bergdahl's who is a soldier. Their present situation is surprisingly similar to the pilot episode of political drama, Homeland.

Like the HBO series, this real life story revolves around an American soldier who got taken as a Prisoner of War by terrorists while battling on foreign soil. Having spent five years in captivity (and having grown a large beard a la Damian Lewis' on-screen character), Bergdahl just got released and is now heading back to his homeland in Hailey, Idaho.

But the comparisons don't end there. In fact, this is only the beginning. After he was captured in Afghanistan by Haqqani group terrorists, his then-19-year-old lover Monica Lee actively participated in protests to get him freed. But as years went by, the efforts waned and she got on with her life. Bergdahl himself told her in one of the messages his captors let him sent out to not wait for him.

Having thought that Bergdahl may never return, she began dating someone new. But yesterday she was told that Bergdahl is not only alive but has been freed and will soon be heading back home.

While the news brought of joy and relief for her, she quickly realized how awkward a situation would become when she comes face to face with her returning ex who may not know that she is now with someone else. FYI, this is basically what happens in the critically acclaimed HBO series.

Something to watch out for- the Homeland protagonist was turned by al-Qaeda while in captivity. Although rumors of Bergdahl assisting his captors did make the rounds in 2010, let's hope that's not actually the case here.

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