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Bowe Bergdahl released from hospital and treated as outpatient

Bergdahl is the seventh person to go through the reintegration process, which usually results in captives returning to their jobs and families within a week to 10 days.
By Aileen Graef   |   June 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM   |   Comments

SAN ANTONIO, June 23 (UPI) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Sunday to enter outpatient care at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

According to CNN, Bergdahl is the seventh person to go through the reintegration process, which usually results in captives returning to their jobs and families within a week to 10 days.

"His reintegration process continues with exposure to more people and a gradual increase of social interactions," the Army said in a statement. "Debriefings and counseling from survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) psychologists continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty."

Reports have not confirmed whether Bergdahl has seen his parents, but his mother and father requested that any news of their visit be released only by the family.

While a "return to duty" state is the ultimate goal of reintegration, it is highly unlikely that Bergdahl will return to combat. In addition to the fact that he has been held captive for five years, Bergdahl is also facing accusations that he deserted his post before he was captured. An investigation will be conducted into his actions, but it will occur further into the reintegration process.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who will be leading the investigation, said he will not begin questioning Bergdahl until the reintegration team approves.

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