Bowe Bergdahl Not Emotionally Ready to Come Home - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Bowe Bergdahl Not Emotionally Ready to Come Home

Posted: Updated:
(NBC) --Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in “good enough physical condition to allow him to return to the United States,” but he’s “not ready psychologically or emotionally,” U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News on Sunday.

For now, Bergdahl will remain at the U.S. military hospital at Landstuhl Germany for treatment.

Although he’s been permitted to talk to his parents, Bergdahl has so far chosen not to call his family in Idaho, the officials said.

No specific reason for Bergdahl’s mindstate were given except that he continues treatment for psychological and emotional problems as a result of his five years in captivity.

The prosecution of Bowe Bergdahl The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Bergdahl, who was captured by the Afghan Taliban in 2009 after straying from his base for unclear reasons, has become a controversial figure since he was released in exchange for five terrorists who were being held in Guantanamo Bay.

After an initial wave of support, many people, both civilians and military, have labeled Bergdahl a deserter.

His family has since received death threats, the FBI confirmed with NBC News on Sunday.

"We are aware of the threats and are working with our local law enforcement partners to investigate," a Bureau spokeswoman told NBC News while declining to give any additional details.

The Obama administration has adamantly defended the move to bring Bergdahl home.

"It would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind, no matter what," Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Officials on Sunday also addressed reports that Bergdahl was “tortured” and “locked in a small cage” while captive.

Defense officials told NBC News that "Bergdahl was locked up (and had) his movements restricted” after at least one reported attempt to escape. But "it’s not clear whether it was a small cell or a box, but he was apparently closely confined."

One senior defense official told NBC News, “he was clearly treated more harshly at some times” but could not say if it rose to the level of torture. The official said Bergdahl, 28, is not suffering any permanent physical injuries from his treatment.

Taliban spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment.

On Friday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press by telephone that Bergdahl was held under "good conditions." The claim could not be independently verified.


  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Two Central Texas Cities Make Top 10 List of Most Stressful Cities in Texas, Study Says

    Two Central Texas Cities Make Top 10 List of Most Stressful Cities in Texas, Study Says

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:03:30 GMT
    Killeen is the most stressful city in Texas according to a study.A survey conducted by the website CreditDonkey put together a list of the top ten most stressful cities in Texas.Topping that list was Killeen, and also making the list was Harker Heights.The CreditDonkey team researched the most stressful cities in Texas based on five factors:Odds of being a victim of violent crimeCommute timeAverage hours worked per weekPercentage of divorceesPercentage of income spent on housingIn t...More >>
    Killeen is the most stressful city in Texas according to a study.A survey conducted by the website CreditDonkey put together a list of the top ten most stressful cities in Texas.Topping that list was Killeen, and also making the list was Harker Heights.The CreditDonkey team researched the most stressful cities in Texas based on five factors:Odds of being a victim of violent crimeCommute timeAverage hours worked per weekPercentage of divorceesPercentage of income spent on housingIn t...More >>
  • Uzi Instructor Charles Vacca's Family: Death Was 'Tragic Accident'

    Uzi Instructor Charles Vacca's Family: Death Was 'Tragic Accident'

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:11:17 GMT
     The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, said they feel “sorry” for the girl."We know it was a tragic accident and that it's something that we're all going to have to live with,” Vacca's 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show.The 39-year-old veteran was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon Mond...More >>
     The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, said they feel “sorry” for the girl."We know it was a tragic accident and that it's something that we're all going to have to live with,” Vacca's 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show.The 39-year-old veteran was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon Mond...More >>
  • Driver Airlifted to Hospital After Overnight Accident in Killeen

    Driver Airlifted to Hospital After Overnight Accident in Killeen

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:00:34 GMT
     One person was taken to the hospital in serious condition after an overnight accident in Killeen. It happened around 2:45 early on Friday at the intersection of Stan Schlueter and Robinett Road.Police say the driver drove into a pole going at a high rate of speed.The driver was air-lifted to the hospital in serious condition, but police say that it does not appear that his injuries are life-threatening.More >>
     One person was taken to the hospital in serious condition after an overnight accident in Killeen. It happened around 2:45 early on Friday at the intersection of Stan Schlueter and Robinett Road.Police say the driver drove into a pole going at a high rate of speed.The driver was air-lifted to the hospital in serious condition, but police say that it does not appear that his injuries are life-threatening.More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.