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Military Officials: Sgt. Bergdahl Delaying Reunion with Family

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 01:15 PM CDT

It's been nearly three weeks since the prisoner exchange that brought Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home. He's staying quiet for now; military officials say he needs time to decompress.

After Taliban captors handed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over to a U.S. Special Forces team in Afghanistan, it seemed like an emotional reunion, five years in the making, would happen quickly between Bergdahl and his parents. Looking back on the day after Bergdahl's release when his parents spoke publicly, there were clues that his homecoming might be a bumpy ride. "The recovery and reintegration of Bowe Bergdahl is a work in progress. I want to really convey that because it isn't over for us. In many ways, it's just beginning for Jani and I and our family," says his father Bob Bergdahl. His mother, Jani, hinted that her son would need time. "Give yourself all the time you need to recover and decompress. There is no hurry. You have your life ahead of you," she said.

The medical team treating Sgt. Bergdahl says he can call his parents at any moment and that it's been his choice to delay the reunion, but those around Bergdahl aren't saying exactly why. "It's been five years for Sergeant Bergdahl he has been in captivity. A lot has changed in his life, in his mind. A lot has changed in his family's lives. And we need to give them all time to recognize how they can come together and be patiently waiting for each other," says Colonel Bradley Poppen.

According to a Washington post report, Bergdahl picked a family friend to receive his remains if he were killed in Afghanistan, not his parents. And the newspaper reported on a collection of journal entries Bergdahl wrote before his capture, and sent to a friend. Bergdahl wrote that he was in an odd place, "like I'm pulling away from the human world. I want to pull my mind out and drop kick it into a deep gorge." It's a snapshot into the mind of a young soldier struggling to make sense of the world.

Bergdahl will have even more to deal with now that his psychologists are beginning to tell him about the media firestorm surrounding his release, and the scathing criticisms coming from his fellow soldiers, like Specialist Cody Full, who served in Bergdahl's unit. "From what I heard, it was leave no honorable man behind, not leave any man behind," Full said.

Friends are disappointed that they haven't heard from Bergdahl yet. "We were prepared to have a 'Bowe is back,' just have one great big party and that is not going to happen," says family friend Stephanie O'Neil

The reality is any hope of a storybook homecoming evaporated even before Bowe Bergdahl set foot in the United States. 

Military Officials: Sgt. Bergdahl Delaying Reunion with Family


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