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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Released To Outpatient Treatment

The U.S. Army won't say where Sgt. Bergdahl is now living, but he no longer has to stay at the hospital where he's receiving treatment.
Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 23, 2014

After just more than a week at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is out of the hospital. (Via Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army)

ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: "And is now receiving outpatient treatment at Fort Sam Houston. Officials say Bergdahl's reintegration after five years as a Taliban prisoner is proceeding with exposure to more people."

The Army announced Bergdahl's outpatient treatment Sunday. The hospital where he was receiving treatment is based at the Fort Sam Houston post, but the team treating him won't say where he's now living to "safeguard" his reintegration to society. (Via NBC)

​Bergdahl returned to the U.S. earlier this month amid controversy as the U.S. released five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay to get the sergeant back. (Via WOAI)

Some fellow soldiers who served in Afghanistan have called Bergdahl a deserter who walked away from his post in 2009, which ultimately led to his capture by the Taliban. The team treating him says an investigation into how he was captured isn't the focus yet.

MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH DISALVO, UNITED STATES ARMY: "Anything surrounding the controversy of his disappearance is not part of reintegration. That'll be addressed in an investigation done by the Department of Army after reintegration is complete." (Via NBC)

The Army would not say whether Bergdahl has spoken with his family. Local media outlets report Bergdahl's parents, seen here with President Barack Obama, have asked any news about a reunion with their son be released by them. (Via ABC)

Army doctors say part of the goal of treatment is to ensure Bergdahl progresses to the point he can return to active duty. It isn't clear whether the Army would allow him to serve again even if he does reach that point.