Bergdahl Returns to US Tonight
He'll be transferred from Germany to Texas overnight
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 1:45 PM CDT
In this file image taken from video, Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan before his release.   (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

(Newser) – Bowe Bergdahl will be back in the US late tonight. Both AP and CNN quote defense officials as saying he will be transferred overnight from a military base in Germany to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The reports offer no more details on Bergdahl's recuperation after being held five years by the Taliban. The issue of his return came up publicly yesterday when defense chief Chuck Hagel testified before Congress, and Republican Jeff Miller pressed him on why Bergdahl was still in Germany, notes the Idaho Statesman.

“Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States?" asked Miller, who seemed to be suggesting that the Pentagon was keeping Bergdahl overseas to shield him from questions. "We have seriously wounded soldiers that have returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized. ... You’re trying to tell me that he’s being held in Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?”

  • Hagel: “Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that. The fact—
  • Miller: "I'm just asking the question."
  • Hagel: “I’m gonna give you an answer too. I don’t like the implication of the question. He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready ... to take the next step to rehabilitation.”

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Jun 12, 2014 8:25 PM CDT
Seems like the VA/Army system could get him in quicker than most....and the Senator questioning should have his quotes on the long lines for medical care through the VA looked at for how stupid he looks asking about a few day delay in someone who had not had healthcare in five years. Amazing sensitivity being shown. (not.)
Jun 12, 2014 5:03 PM CDT
Bergdahl Benghazi Birth Certificate BS... Hey republican extremists... You're all unAmerican fks for constantly puking hearsay against a recovering US POW. Let go of your political agenda until the investigation is complete.
Jun 12, 2014 3:52 PM CDT
The latest not found in the liberal press: A girl friend back home that Bergdahl corresponded with turned over his emails to the Washington Post. Here's a few nuggets: He was in the US Coast Guard for 26 days and got discharged by faking mental illness. He advised the GF of his plans to do something similar to get out of the Army. The suggestion that he forgot english is false, he spoke to his medical staff, but he refused to call his parents for fear he would be recorded speaking english.