Thursday 14 December 2017

Bergdahl moved to outpatient care

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is now receiving outpatient care (AP/US Army)
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is now receiving outpatient care (AP/US Army)

Former Taliban captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl has been moved to outpatient care at a Texas military base.

Sgt Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving in-patient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Centre at Fort Sam Houston, but is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, the US Army said.

The Army said his "reintegration process" was proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction after being a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years,.

The soldier from Idaho was captured in June 2009 and freed on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban figures were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He arrived at the Texas medical centre on June 13 after nearly two weeks recuperating at a US military hospital in Germany. Army officials said then that he was in a stable condition and working daily with health care providers to regain a sense of normalcy and move forward with his life.

The latest army statement said Sgt Bergdahl was receiving counselling from "Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape" psychologists to "continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty".

The army said Sgt Bergdahl's specific location would not be made public.

Sgt Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Some former members of his unit have said that he left of his own accord.

He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the army has made no charges against him, but is investigating Sgt Bergdahl's disappearance and capture.

The army says investigators will not interview Sgt Bergdahl until those helping him recover say it is appropriate.

Press Association

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