Following five years as a Taliban hostage, accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl was released more than a month ago in a widely criticized deal to exchange him for five dangerous terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Since the May 31 trade, Bergdahl has undergone reintegration therapy in Germany and, since June 13, at a facility in Texas. While reports indicate he was initially reluctant to contact his family, he has apparently not been shy about braving the world on his own.
Though healthcare workers accompany him on his ventures to nearby destinations such as restaurants and shops, CNN reports they are by no means hands-on chaperones.
“Sometimes they sit at the table with him,” an Army source confirmed–while on other occasions, “they hang in the background.”
Furthermore, although an investigation is currently under way regarding his disappearance from his platoon just prior to being captured by the Taliban, Bergdahl is still apparently permitted to hit the town wearing his military uniform.
The investigation itself has recently come under attack by those who say they know best what prompted him to leave his fellow soldiers.
Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow explained to Fox News that no one on the ground in Afghanistan during the time of Bergdahl’s disappearance have been called on to share their story.
“There’s only a handful of us who were actually there and we haven’t been contacted yet,” he said. “I don’t really know how in-depth they’re trying to get here. I thought we’d be some of the people they’d call.”
He went on to suggest that military investigators “have their mind made up already on what they want the people to know.”
Currently receiving outpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center, Bergdahl’s reintegration is set to conclude within a few weeks. At that time, an Army official confirmed he will receive a military assignment.
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