Gee, and after that friendly Islamic greeting Dad gave him from the Rose Garden!
Freed American Soldier Reportedly Won’t Call ParentsRest of article at TIME
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl suffered harsh treatment at the hands of his Taliban captors and is not yet emotionally ready to speak with his family more than a week after his release, according to reports Sunday.
Bergdahl, who was freed May 31 by the Taliban in a controversial exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, has not yet contacted his parents even though he is free to do so at anytime, multiple news sources reported, citing anonymous U.S. officials. He has received a letter from his sister but has not yet responded, the New York Times reports. The Wall Street Journal, citing an anonymous official, reports Bergdahl has declined to speak with his family so far.
The 28-year-old is suffering from disorders affecting his gums and skin after five years in captivity, though he is otherwise in sound health and shows few signs of the malnourishment apparent in earlier videos the Taliban made of the soldier late last year. Bergdahl was held in a metal cage in the darkness for weeks after a failed escape attempt, according to reports, and is emotionally unstable. Despite that, he is physically healthy enough to travel back to the United States for treatment, officials said.
“The Department of Defense does not comment on discussions that Sergeant Bergdahl is having with the professionals who are providing him medical and reintegration care,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement. “We will respect that process in all regards. ...
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