Bowe Bergdahl arrives in Texas

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl set foot on U.S. soil for first time since release from Taliban captivity.
By Danielle Haynes   |   June 13, 2014 at 7:59 AM   |   Comments

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SAN ANTONIO, June 13 (UPI) --Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned Friday to the United States, arriving at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas after being released from captivity May 31 in Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old was released in exchange for five Taliban members held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl had been receiving medical treatment at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and will continue to do so in San Antonio. His recovery could take months.

"The Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held for nearly five years after walking off base while deployed with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan's Paktika province.

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