Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army
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[June 23, 2014]
(Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe
Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being
released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in
Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said
Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam
Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland.
"Itís a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a
hospital," McClelland said.
Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to
get medical care and undergo psychological treatment tailored for
soldiers who have spent time in captivity, could last anywhere from
a few days to a month, McClelland said.
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
His release sparked an initial wave of support that was quickly
overshadowed by a political uproar over the freeing of the senior
members of the Taliban.
Lawmakers criticized the Obama administration for failing to give
them 30 days' notice before transferring prisoners from Guantanamo
as required by law.
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Some charged that in making the exchange, the administration had
effectively violated its policy against negotiating with terrorists.
In addition, some of Bergdahl's former Army comrades have come
forward to say they believe he deliberately abandoned his post in
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric
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