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Pentagon says Bergdahl has arrived in Texas

The San Antonio News
14 Jun 2014, 09:58 GMT+10

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last month after five years in Taliban captivity, Friday arrived at an Army medical center in Texas where he will continue to receive care untill full recovery, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said Bergdahl arrived in San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center from Ramstein Air Base in Germany aboard a military plane.

"He will continue the next phase of his reintegration process. There is no timeline for this process. Our focus remains on his health and well-being," said Kirby.

The hospital facility, formally known as the San Antonio Military Medical Centre, with its team of specialist has been helping returning prisoners of war for decades.

Pentagon spokesman said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration".

Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban May 31 in a controversial swap that saw the US freeing five senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The deal was brokered by Qatari officials.

Bergdahl's full physical recovery may take months and his public rehabilitation will in all probability take even longer.

Bergdahl's parents, Bob and Jani, were expected to travel to Texas from their Idaho home. However their travel dates and the plan in itself was not immediately clear. It was also not known if they had spoken with their son.

A statement released on behalf of the Bergdahls stated that they do not intend to make their travel plans public.

"They ask for continued privacy as they concentrate on their son's reintegration," the statement said.

Although he is technically still in the army, Bergdahl's reintegration in the army is also not certain.

Officials say that the army has not yet formally begun a new review into the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and whether he walked away without leave or was deserting the army when he was found and taken by insurgents.

In a statement Friday, the army said that after Bergdahl's reintegration it would "continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity."

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