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Bergdahl is in stable condition at Texas medical facility

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who nearly two weeks ago was released by the Taliban after five years in captivity, is in stable condition at an Army medical facility in Texas, officials said Friday afternoon.

He is working with mental health professionals as well as medical personnel as part of his reintegration. However, it’s unclear when he will reunite with his family.

“There is no set timeline for any phase of reintegration,” Gen. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of U.S. Army South, said at a news conference.

Bergdahl arrived in Texas early Friday and is at the Brooke Army Medical Center near San Antonio. He had been at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since he was picked up by U.S. forces on May 31.

When he got to Texas, he saluted and appeared to be nervous meeting a general, DiSalvo said.

Bergdahl’s family is not in Texas. An Army official at the news conference read a statement from the Bergdahls, saying they were not planning on traveling at this time.

Bradley Poppen, an Army psychologist, said that soldiers typically determine when they reunite with family members. People who endure captivity are normal people who went through “an abnormal event,” Poppen said.

“Every reintegration is unique, as is every captivity,” he said.

Officials declined to talk about any diagnoses or Bergdahl’s emotional state beyond saying that his demeanor was slowly improving.

The Texas medical military facility where freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will begin the next phase of his recovery is no stranger with those who have gone through traumatic experiences abroad. (Reuters)

Related: Bergdahl’s writings reveal a fragile young man.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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