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US Army: Bergdahl venturing out in public

HOUSTON (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said.

Bergdahl, 28, has been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio since returning to the United States on June 13. He initially was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at the fort but was shifted last week to outpatient care at the military base.

The Idaho native was freed by the Taliban May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bergdahl had 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. The Army has said it is investigating Bergdahl's disappearance and capture, but that investigators will not interview him until those helping him recover say it is all right to do so.

Bergdahl's "reintegration process" has slowly increased his exposure to social settings and groups of people, giving him "a little bit more every day," Consaul said.

It began with going to facilities at Fort Sam Houston, including the commissary and the gym. It has since progressed to going into San Antonio and visiting various businesses. On these visits, Bergdahl is accompanied by members of his reintegration team, including a psychologist.

The process is about "getting (Bergdahl) comfortable with being out in public and interacting with large groups of people," Consaul said.

It is unknown if Bergdahl's family has seen him since his return to the United States. Consaul said because of a request by Bergdahl's family for privacy, the Army cannot comment on this.

Other people who have been held in captivity and that the military base has worked with in the past have gone through similar interactions as part of their reintegration, Consaul said.

No time has been set for when Bergdahl's reintegration process will finish, she said.

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Lancer8r July 02 2014 at 10:30 PM

I am so glad the lad is progressing so well. Can we send him back to his unit now? They are the folks who know him the best, and I am sure they are anxious to "welcome" him back.

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circlebprod July 02 2014 at 11:27 PM

He should be tried for dessertion in the face of the enemy, at min. should get life without parole

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ranger197172 July 02 2014 at 11:52 PM

I think his team members know what he really did and i would trust their judgement.

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Lancer8r ranger197172 July 03 2014 at 12:39 AM


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bienhoa72alum ranger197172 July 03 2014 at 11:57 AM

That might be fine,except that the various details of "events" from the few that have spoken out on this, have not been consistent with each other or with the official record of the event at the time he disappeared.

A squad or patrol consists of about 8-13 soldiers, a platoon consists of 26 - 55 , and a company can go from 80 - 255 soldiers. So far about 2 or 3 of his former combat comrades have given their opinion of events - none actually saw what happened, so anything they do say is pure speculation. NO court in American would convict a person on that type of evidence.

He finished his evening patrol/task or whatever it was he was doing that evening. Fellow soldiers found his gear on his bunk (bed) - nothing all that unusual there. But then they couldn't find him. That is what we know for certain, everything else is guesswork and supposition. Only those who capturede and tortured him nand Bergdahl know for certain what actually happened. We would do well to leave it at that for now

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Puppino July 02 2014 at 10:45 PM

I got your Interagation... send him back to his unit to the friends of the 6 trooper that this TRADER LIAR had KILLED!!!! that were looking for HIM
Viet Nam vet 1st Air Cav Quang tri 1968 ..

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jt2 July 02 2014 at 10:33 PM

I'm having a hard time figuring out "reintegration" and the fact that this bozo in the White House made a trade because this guy was in danger of being killed, then his health was so poor he was near death---what I believe is that this guy is either a traitor or a double agent. And the crap stories told about the exchange by this White House are all lies. he should be "reintegrating" in a military court martial.

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D B Cooper jt2 July 02 2014 at 10:54 PM

There was a military process for Army Lt. William Calley, who was pardoned by President Richard Nixon, and there will be a military process for Sgt. Bergdahl.

You're putting the cart before the horse.

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carolinaobx1 D B Cooper July 03 2014 at 3:22 AM

calley and bergdahl are totally different ... like day and night ... get a life

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bienhoa72alum jt2 July 03 2014 at 12:21 PM

Let me, a US Marine combat, Vietnam vet explain it to you.
Bergdahl wound up in the hands of the Taliban. How that happened, exactly, is the real question. He was held for 5 years in conditions that would probably have killed the average American. .
For most of those 5 years he was kept in a cage. Put yourself there, a cage a little shorter that you are tall, and with barely enough room to move in. You can’t lie flat, and you can't sit up. The longer you are in this cage the more you hurt. People who hate you are shouting at you in an unfamiliar language. You try to answer in English and are beaten. You utter one word in English and you are beaten. Eventually you come to understand them and speak in their language, they condemn you, spit on you (or worse) give you substandard food. They keep telling you how bad America is and how bad you are. Perhaps you begin to believe it since that is all you hear.
How is YOUR mind when you are released? That is why "re-integration" is needed

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flyingfortresb17 July 02 2014 at 10:19 PM

Hope that supervision is a military police officer.

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sam July 03 2014 at 1:16 AM

He needs to be reintegrated into general population at Fort Leavenworth USMP.

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atarbaktar July 03 2014 at 2:31 AM

As s retired full bird Colonel, in the US Army military :Police Corps.who served over there..this person is NOT a POW..He is a DESERTER..I say give him a fair trial fallowed by a first class execution by firing squad.

Why is the Obamanation molly-coddling this guy? I lost men and my friends over there..and this ASS gets a freebie even though he just deserted his post? Another idiout actiopn by the Wanna Be King..,Obama...

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TOM July 03 2014 at 6:16 AM


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ppauldmarch TOM July 03 2014 at 8:50 AM

I have a comment for knappfag, read the polls about your hero Obama, He doe's have Bush beat for the title of worst President, HAHAHAHA

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Kelvin Guerrero July 03 2014 at 12:38 AM

Why is the U.S. spending money on this P.O.S.???!

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