This afternoon, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing to discuss the Bergdahl exchange. Among those testifying was Andy Andrews, father of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 while searching for the missing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

To watch and hear Andrews speak is devastating — and powerful:

Transcript:

Andrews: “My son was a soldier’s soldier. And it didn’t matter what the assignment was, he was gonna do it … To me, this situation with us not being told the whole truth, and then trading a private for five high-ranking Taliban — exactly why did my son die? Tell me one more time. Because I don’t know what we’ve accomplished.”

Rep. Randy Weber: “If you could say that to the president, is that what you would say to him?”

Andrews: “Yes.”

Weber: “And now the hard question, so forgive me: If you could get your son back by trading five more of those senior Taliban …”

Andrews: “If my son had been a deserter, then no. Absolutely not. But my son was a man of honor, and I would do almost anything.”

Just heartbreaking.

May God bless and grant peace to the Andrews family. And may 2nd Lt. Andrews RIP.

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