Bergdahl set to resume life on active duty

By Eric Schmitt

New York Times News Service

Published: Sunday, July 13 2014 10:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014 10:15 a.m. MDT

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WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

The sergeant has been an outpatient at the hospital for about three weeks, during which time he continued to participate in debriefings about his time as a Taliban prisoner. He was released six weeks ago in exchange for five senior Taliban detainees.

On Thursday, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.

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