A military spokesman says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back to being just another soldier in the U.S. Army, six weeks after being released by his Taliban captors. Bergdahl has returned to regular duty, but he's still the focus of a military investigation. Ed Lavandera has the latest.
Attorney Eugene Fidell is now representing Sergeant Bergdahl. He tells Anderson that Bergdahl is grateful to President Obama for saving his life.
Roughly three weeks since being exchanged for five Taliban members, Bowe Begdahl continues to be reintegrated into American society.
Joining Anderson Cooper from Texas, CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on Bergdahl's progress, including his recent upgrade from inpatient to outpatient status.
New details are emerging about how Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's reintegration process is going at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. The former Taliban prisoner is now eating and sleeping on a normal schedule and part of Bergdahl's daily routine is to recount the story of his capture and release. CNN's John Berman speaks with retired Navy commander and military psychologist Joseph Troiani about why it's important for Bergdahl's healing process to recount and retell the tale of his captivity.
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Dr. Jeffrey Moore has studied and worked with POWs for more than 25 years. He spoke to Anderson about what Sgt. Bergdahl is going through. Dr. Moore detailed the difficulties many former prisoners face, but he also discussed the role of optimism in the reintegration process.
Bowe Bergdahl's return to the U.S. marks a significant step in his reintegration after spending five years as a Taliban prisoner. We are now learning more about the time he spent in captivity. The Daily Best says they have two letters Sgt. Bergdahl sent home while he was being held. The Daily Beast says the letters came from sources in touch with the Taliban and that U.S. and western officials confirmed their authenticity. Randi Kaye reports.
There are plenty of unanswered questions in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. That's not stopping some from rushing to judgment. Anderson shines a spotlight on what he describes as 'thinly-sourced and highly questionable reporting.'
Anderson looked at some of the sources of information on Bowe Bergdahl with former Navy SEAL Dan O'Shea and investigative journalist David Rohde, who captured by the Taliban and escaped.
Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell knows what it’s like to be trapped behind enemy lines. In 2005 he was part of a covert raid in Afghanistan. He was the only member of the mission to make it out alive. Nineteen U.S. troops died, including some who were trying to rescue Luttrell's team. Luttrell discussed the idea of a prisoner swap with Anderson:
"When I did get captured, the only thing I held onto was the fact that my teammates were going to come get me. Period."
The 8,000 residents of Hailey, Idaho waited five years to welcome Bowe Bergdahl home. A public celebration was supposed to be their way of showing that they never forgot about him. But with the backlash against Bergdahl growing ugly, those plans have been scrapped. Ed Lavandera is there with the latest.
Few people know what Bowe Bergdahl is going through right now. Jesse "Jon" Turner returned home after spending nearly five years held in Lebanon.
A U.S. official tells CNN that Sergeant Bergdahl may have tried to escape from his Taliban captors on at least two occasions. Investigative reporter David Rohde was held for seven months by the Taliban before he succeeded in escaping. He tells Anderson why it may have been more difficult for Sgt. Bergdahl to get away.
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