SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "looked good" after arriving back in the United States and will work daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan, military officials said Friday.
Bergdahl's family has not joined him since he arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston after midnight Friday, and Army officials would not say when relatives might show up. Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo said Bergdahl was in stable condition, "looked good" and showed "good comportment" after being transported to Texas from an Army medical facility in Germany.
"The reintegration of Sgt. Bergdahl is comprehensive. There is no set timeline," said DiSalvo, who will be in charge of that process.
Military officials declined to give details on what Bergdahl might remember about his capture or what he knows about the public uproar surrounding his capture and release.
"We want to gradually titrate that exposure to him," Col. Bradley Poppen said.
Army officials briefed the media at a golf course near Fort Sam Houston and said no reporters would be allowed onto the base or in the hospital.
Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl's condition out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight.
The Idaho native was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Army has not formally begun a new review into the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and whether he walked away without leave or was deserting the Army when he was found and taken by insurgents.