When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he was hoping to find an officer to discuss misconduct within his unit.
Instead, he was captured by the Taliban. The ensuing search was widespread and extremely costly.
Among the soldiers wounded in the search, Sgt. First Class Mark Allen is perhaps the most unfortunate.
Sgt. Allen was shot in the head while searching for Bergdahl. The father of two was luckily revived in the field and survived despite his injuries.
As a result of the wound, he’s had to undergo over 20 surgeries, one of which included removing a part of his brain.
Allen, 31, is now confined to a wheelchair. Unable to talk, move, or care for himself, his wife, Shannon Allen testified.
"He's not able to reach out to her or talk to her," she said. "He's never had the chance to play with her, or coach her sports, or talk to her about her day," Mrs. Allen said in a teary-eyed testimony about his relationship with his nine-year-old daughter.
Allen, of course, was not the lone case as six soldiers were killed in the search for Bergdahl, and many other were wounded.
Now, Bergdahl is on trial for his mistakes, and many want him to pay dearly for it.
The prosecution has asked for a sentence of 14 years, whether the Judge agrees with this request remains to be seen.