Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American prisoner of war freed in exchange for five senior Taliban members, returned to the United States on Friday, arriving overnight in Texas, where he will begin treatment at a military medical facility here.
A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, said in a statement that Sergeant Bergdahl had been taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Sergeant Bergdahl “will continue the next phase of his reintegration process” at the Texas center, Admiral Kirby said in the statement.
There was no timeline for that process, but it is likely to last weeks or longer. The treatment is expected to end with a reunion with his parents. Sergeant Bergdahl has had no direct contact with his parents, military officials have said.
he stay at Brooke Army Medical Center will be the start of the final phase of what military officials describe as a multistep healing and reintegration process for Sergeant Bergdahl, 28, who was held captive for nearly five years by militants. After his release on May 31 to American commandos in Afghanistan, he received medical treatment and counseling at an American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.
“Our focus remains on his health and well-being,” Admiral Kirby said in a statement. The statement also said that the defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, “is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sergeant Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration.”
After Sergeant Bergdahl’s reintegration, the Army said in a statement that it “would continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity.”
SOURCE: DAVID MONTGOMERY
The New York Times