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Bergdahl Arrives in San Antonio

Bergdahl Arrives in San Antonio

Freed Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl arrived in San Antonio early today, for what the Army calls 'reintegration' at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  Bergdahl, who was exchanged for five Taliban prisoners, was flown from Germany into the United States and is now at the hospital, according to Pentagon officials.

  At Army South, the Garrison Commander for Ft. Sam Houston, Lt. Colonel Carol McClelland says he will follow what is called 'Phase Three Reintegration,' according to a plan which has been used several times in the last several years.

  "We've conducted this mission at least five other times starting in 2007, and the most recently was in 2013 when we had an airplane crash and we had the crew members be reintegrated here," McClelland told 1200 WOAI.

  The Pentagon says Bergdahl will be reunited with his family today at SAMMC.

  McClelland says that is part of the reintegration process.

  "Family reunions, obviously medical care, debriefings are included in that phase," she said.

  Under the Army's three part reintegration plan, the first phase happens immediately after the individual is freed, and the second phase occurs at a forward Army hospital, in this case in Landstuhl Germany.

  "The whole focus is trying to get the soldier back into normal activities, routines, things of that nature," McClelland said.

  She said the process is different for each soldier.  She says reintegration has lasted 'from two weeks to two years.'

  SAMMC has been a reentry point for Americans facility traumatic incidents abroad since the Vietnam War, when several of the Prisoners of War who were released in 1973 were sent to what was then called Brooke Army Medical Center.

  SAMMC is surrounded by some of the most sophisticated facilities in the world for military reintegration, and has been used repeatedly by wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.  There is the Center for the Intrepid, the Wounded Warrior Support Center, and two Fisher Houses to house Bergdahl's parents.

 

 

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