Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says


“An inherent and critical part of the reintegration process is the decompression period that has been established to maximize returnee health and welfare,” the statement says.

A Pentagon spokesperson said it’s unclear how long Bergdahl will stay in Germany before returning stateside.

At an emotional press conference this weekend, Bergdahl’s parents said their son will have “a lot” to say about his experience.

“But that’s still a distant, future thing, and I won’t let things get in the way of Bowe’s recovery,” Bob Bergdahl, Bowe’s father, said.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military would not “look away from misconduct” concerning how Bergdahl ended up in Taliban hands, but he still considers him “innocent until proven guilty.”

“In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity,” Dempsey wrote on his Facebook page today. “This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty.

“Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family,” he said.

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