provided with media coverage about his return: U.S. Army
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[June 18, 2014]
By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant
Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before
being released last month, was being informed of the media attention
surrounding his return as he recovers at a military hospital, the Army
said on Tuesday.
Bergdahl arrived in the predawn hours of Friday at Brooke Army
Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on a military flight from
Germany, dogged by questions surrounding his disappearance from a
U.S. Army post in Afghanistan and the deal the Obama administration
reached to free him.
"He is gradually being provided media coverage about him," Colonel
Hans Bush, a reintegration mission spokesman for U.S. Army South,
said in a brief statement.
"He has acclimated to his time change from Germany. He is eating and
sleeping on a routine schedule. His debriefings and medical care
continue," Bush said.
The U.S. military said on Monday it had begun an investigation into
Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, with no time set for
While the Army also gave little information about Bergdahl's health
and emotional state, officials said they were pleased with his
physical state on arrival.
The military hospital in San Antonio where Bergdahl has been
receiving what the Army calls "reintegration" treatment has teams of
specialists and has been helping returning prisoners of war for
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Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan on May 31 in
exchange for five Taliban leaders held at the Guantanamo prison in
Cuba. His release initially sparked a wave of support that was
quickly overshadowed by a political uproar over the freeing of the
senior Taliban members. Lawmakers criticized the Obama
administration for failing to give them 30 days' notice before
transferring prisoners from Guantanamo as required by law. Some
charged that in making the exchange, the administration had
effectively violated its policy against negotiating with terrorists.
Some of Bergdahl's former comrades in Afghanistan alleged he had
deserted when he walked away from his post, in circumstances that
are unclear, and was later captured.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jim Loney)
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