Bowe Bergdahl is slated to return to active duty as early as today. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Sergeant Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years and was recently exchanged for five Guantanamo detainees, sparking immense backlash in the process.
Bergdahl will take a position at Army North headquarters in Fort Sam Houston, according to the New York Times. The military base is in Houston, Texas. Sgt. Bergdahl will reportedly live in the barracks at Fort Sam and have two other soldiers “helping him readjust” to life in the Armed Forces.
Earlier this month, a military representative told the media that Bowe Bergdahl was permitted to take trips to area grocery stores, eating at restaurants, and going to the library – all reportedly a part of his rehabilitation process.
Many soldiers who served with Sgt. Bergdahl have deemed him a traitor and have called for court martial proceedings to begin. Just six weeks ago, the America public was told by the Obama administration that Bowe Bergdahl was in extremely poor health, an issue which reportedly prompted the controversial prison exchange with the Taliban.
The former Al Qaeda prison just recently finished engaging in counseling and therapy at a San Antonia Army hospital. Sgt. Bergdahl is also slated to meet soon with Major General Kenneth R. Dahl. The Army officer will be tasked with investigating the circumstances of the sergeant’s disappearance from his Afghanistan outpost in 2009.
Late last week, Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin, the head of the Armed Services Committee, released letters from the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding Bergdahl’s status. The letters from each of the chiefs supported the repatriation of Bowe Bergdahl, spawning more backlash from those who feel the sergeant is a traitor and should not have been swapped for Taliban detainees.
Senator Carl Levin had this to say about Bergdahl:
“Each of these military leaders emphasized a simple principle — America does not leave its troops behind. The unanimous support of the Joint Chiefs for securing Sgt. Bergdahl’s release is a powerful statement on the importance of that commitment.”
An Army investigation conducted in the months following Berdgahl’s disappearance concluded that the sergeant left the Afghanistan outpost deliberately, CNN reports. U.S. military officials have stated since that it was impossible to determine Bowe Bergdahl’s intent, which would be required in order to officially label him a deserter, unless he was returned to America and discussions held.
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