Bergdahl Is Now in Texas
Recovery will continue at San Antonio base
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2014 4:13 AM CDT
Bowe Bergdahl arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas this morning.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early today to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman says Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. While at the Texas base, Bergdahl "will continue the next phase of his reintegration process," the spokesman says, adding there was no timeline for the process. "Our focus remains on his health and well-being," he says. The Idaho native was expected to be reunited with his family in San Antonio.

Officials have kept a lid on details of his condition out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release. Officials also say 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—questions that will be key to whether Bergdahl will receive more than $300,000 in back pay owed to him since he disappeared. If he was determined to have been a prisoner of war, he also could receive roughly another $300,000 or more.

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FrankFurter
Jun 14, 2014 4:16 AM CDT
Some people change, some never do, Future Islands
NellieCA
Jun 13, 2014 5:29 PM CDT
If he left his post and the Military looked for him! THERE SHOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION.
JackNelsonSteward
Jun 13, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
1) Retrieve the soldier. 2) Care for his wounds. 3) When he is well, investigate his actions. 4) If offenses were committed, take the appropriate actions under military law.