News

Former POW Bergdahl released from Army hospital

Former POW Bergdahl released from Army hospital

BOWE BERGDAHL:Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba. His release sparked an initial wave of support that was quickly overshadowed by a political uproar over the freeing of the senior members of the Taliban. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday.

Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland.

“It’s a sign of progression, showing he’s no longer a patient of a hospital,” McClelland said.

Bergdahl’s next phase of recovery, during which he’ll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological treatment tailored for soldiers who have spent time in captivity, could last anywhere from a few days to a month, McClelland said.

Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

His release sparked an initial wave of support that was quickly overshadowed by a political uproar over the freeing of the senior members of the Taliban.

Lawmakers criticized the Obama administration for failing to give them 30 days’ notice before transferring prisoners from Guantanamo as required by law.

Some charged that in making the exchange, the administration had effectively violated its policy against negotiating with terrorists.

In addition, some of Bergdahl’s former Army comrades have come forward to say they believe he deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric Walsh)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Downtown Taylorville Building Partially Collapses

Fresh
siren

A downtown Taylorville business is closed after part of its building collapsed over the weekend.

in Local

Cameras Could Appear in Sangamon County Courtrooms

Fresh
gavel2

Half a dozen central Illinois counties could soon join a pilot project that allows cameras in court.

in Local

U of I Research: Stem Cells Could Repair Exercised Muscles

Fresh
microscope_science

Stem cell research could lead to repairs to muscles damaged by vigorous exercise.

in Election 2014, Local

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage Salary

pat-quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.

in Local

Belleville Man Drowns in Pond

Updated
medical

St. Clair County police say a man has drowned in a pond following what appears to be a wheelchair or scooter accident.