Bowe Bergdahl May Return To Active Duty As Early As Monday

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    The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a United States soldier taken prisoner by Taliban-affiliates, urged their son to take all the time he needs to heal. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban. Reuters via Reuters TV
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    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. Reuters
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Former American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may return to active duty as early as Monday after the soldier completed therapy and counseling at a Texas Army hospital.

Bergdahl, 28, who was freed by Taliban captors six weeks ago in a controversial prisoner swap that also led to the release of five high-ranking Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, will be given a job at the Army North headquarters at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, the New York Times reported, citing Defense Department officials. The job is part of Bergdahl’s reintegration into Army life, and the soldier will live in the barracks at Fort Sam Houston and have two other soldiers with him to help with his adjustment.

Bergdahl is also scheduled to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, the officer investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance five years ago from his outpost in Afghanistan.

Bergdahl’s release from Taliban captivity on May 31 was highly controversial, as some soldiers in his unit accused him of deserting his post. Some were against President Barack Obama’s decision to go through with the prisoner swap because of the release of the Taliban members, while others criticized the president for not giving members of Congress notification of the swap, as required by law.

 

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