Bowe Bergdahl
4:41 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Bergdahl’s Family Says Mission Of Recovery Now Begins

The family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he has a long recovery ahead of him, now that he’s been freed from the Taliban. The parents of the soldier from Hailey, Idaho, spoke to the press Sunday in Boise. Bergdahl spent nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban and their allies.

Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Army Special Forces on Saturday.
Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Army Special Forces on Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army

His father Bob Bergdahl says he and his wife are still waiting to finally talk to their son.

“There's reason for that, and that's because Bowe has been gone so long, that it's going to be very difficult to come back,” Bob Bergdahl said. “It's like a diver going deep on a dive and has to stage back up through decompression to get the nitrogen bubbles out of his system. If he comes back up too fast, it could kill him.”

Bowe Bergdahl is receiving medical aid at a U.S. military hospital in Germany. The military says they haven’t put a timeline on his reintegration. The Bergdahl family will be physically reunited with their son when he’s transferred to Texas to continue the recovery process.

Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Army Special Forces on Saturday. The 28-year-old soldier was exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

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