Bergdahl Ventures Out in Public

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    Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier and former captive who was freed in an exchange for five Taliban leaders, has ventured off an Army base in Texas multiple times in an effort to gradually readjust to normal life. Bergdahl had been carefully monitored at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and at a base in Texas since being freed from captivity, before recently transitioning to outpatient care. While venturing into public, Bergdahl has visited a library, a supermarket, and several stores of his choosing, as well as several restaurants, according to an Army spokeswoman. Sometimes Bergdahl wears civilian clothing and other times he steps out in uniform. Some people have recognized him and come up to him to shake his hand. Bergdahl’s reintegration phase ends within the next few weeks, after which he will be assigned to an Army unit.

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