Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the states early this morning to continue his "reintegration process" at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Tx. According to The New York Times, this next phase could last "weeks or longer," and he will likely reunite with his parents at the end of it.
Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Id. cancelled a homecoming party for him last week amid allegations that he was a deserter. Defense officials have obviously been concerned about Bergdahl's reintegration with American society and the media.
Per the Times, the reintegration process involves "specific steps to overcome the coping strategies that a captive may have developed to handle the trauma of being imprisoned, isolated and degraded. The reintegration can involve hundreds of people, including family members, members of a freed prisoner's former unit, doctors and lawyers."
So far, Bergdahl has had no direct contact with his parents. He also didn't have access to TV or internet at the American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was previously being held.
While Bergdahl recovers, the Army must investigate the details of his capture in 2009 and determine whether or not he's owed $300,000 in back pay since he went missing.