WASHINGTON, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for five years and was released last month in a Taliban-U.S. swap deal, has been shifted to outpatient care from a military hospital, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday.
Bergdahl had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in the U.S. State of Texas. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement.
The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction.
The U.S. serviceman was captured in June 2009 and freed by the Taliban on May 31 in a swap deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He arrived at the Texas medical center on June 13 after nearly two weeks's recuperation at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.
According to the Army statement, Bergdahl is receiving counseling from "Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape" psychologists to "continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty."
But specifics of Bergdahl's location would not be made public, the statement said.
Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Some former members of his unit had said that he left of his own accord. Bergdahl himself has not revealed to the public on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the U.S. Defense Department said so far, his health condition is prior to inquiry on his disappearance.
The Pentagon said in a statement last week it is investigating Bergdahl's disappearance and capture. It also said investigators will not interview Bergdahl until those helping him recover say it is all right to do so.
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