SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Newly released prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl's grandfather was a veterinarian who founded two pet hospitals in Santa Barbara County.

A veterinarian who now owns the San Roque Pet Hospital kept hope for Bergdahl's release alive by selling stickers, bracelets and other items.

Dr. David Dawson said the money raised helped support the effort to keep Bergdahl's story alive.

Interest in the items has only increased since news of the POW's release.  Items sold will now go to Bergdahl for his recovery from the five-year ordeal.