The Pentagon confirmed June 22 that Idaho native and U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had begun outpatient treatment at a Texas military medical center, as he continues his care in the shadow of nearly five years as a prisoner of war.
Military and hospital officials at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, said Bergdahl will remain on the base but he will "be exposed to more people as part of his treatment."
"Debriefings and counseling from Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape psychologists continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty," said a military statement.
While receiving inpatient care, Bergdahl was being held in a hospital room with no television or access to Army personnel other than the handful of officials who helped him "reintegrate" back into service. But being an outpatient will allow Bergdahl access to broadcast and print media in addition to much more personnel on the Army base.