"We’ve been working very very hard for your release this last five years," Jani Bergdahl read from the letter to her son, "never losing hope in you or for you."
Both Bergdahl's parents stressed that their son would need to go through a long recovery process.
"Give yourself all of the time you need to recover and decompress," Jani Bergdahl said. "There is no hurry."
Watch Bergdahl read her letter via NBC: