Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years since he went missing on June 30, 2009 , has finished undergoing reintegration, therapy, and counseling following his rescue by President Obama.
He could return to active duty as early as today. It is likely that he will join a unit in Texas, as that is where he has been undergoing therapy. This will allow him to be easily treated if he runs into any additional problems. He will be assigned to a desk job, and finally permitted to leave the base.
Bergdahl will be interrogated, and asked why he left his post in 2009 in an effort to determine if he has any legal liability in his disappearance.
Right-wingers have criticized the President for exchanging five Guantanamo detainees for the captured serviceman, claiming that Bergdahl is a deserter, traitor, and worse–but the rest of us admire that the President made the difficult decision to bring a soldier home--though they once supported a trade to reclaim the captured soldier when it was a politically popular way to slam Obama.
Thus far, there has been no conclusive evidence that Bergdahl is a deserter, but it has been determined that he left his post deliberately and of his own free will. However, the United States does not leave soldiers behind.
Se. Carl Levin said that the Joint Chiefs of Staff supported the rescue wholeheartedly. “Each of these military leaders emphasized a simple principle — America does not leave its troops behind,” Levin said. “The unanimous support of the Joint Chiefs for securing Sgt. Bergdahl’s release is a powerful statement on the importance of that commitment.”