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Texas military hospital to treat Bergdahl has long history with POWs

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 01:36

June 13 - The Texas medical military facility where freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl will begin the next phase of his recovery is no stranger to healing the mental wounds of those who have gone through traumatic experiences abroad. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The sprawling Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. It's here that freed POW Bowe Bergdahl begins the next phase of his recovery. The hospital is no stranger to healing the mental wounds of trauma experienced overseas. It's home to the military's so-called "reintegration process". It's been helping returning prisoners of war for decades. SOUNDBITE: FORMER CAPTIVE MARC GONSALVES SAYING: "Trying to re-acclimate the person back to society, back to freedom." Marc Gonsalves went through the reintegration process that Bergdahl will likely undergo. Like Bergdahl, he was held captive for five years; by Colombian rebels, until his rescue in 2008. SOUNDBITE: FORMER CAPTIVE MARC GONSALVES SAYING: "Coming back from that, it's not as easy as you would think. Especially when we're held in isolation that long" Details of Bergdahl's treatment haven't been released. But he's unlikely to reunite with family until doctors say he's ready. SOUNDBITE: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST KIMBERLY FINNEY SAYING: "Bringing him home, taking him off the plane, and then turning him to his family would be too much for one time." SOUNDBITE: FORMER CAPTIVE MARC GONSALVES SAYING: "The first visit with my family was only about 45 minutes long, but by the time those 45 minutes were over, I was anxious, I was sweating, I had a migraine headache. I was overwhelmed by all these different kinds of emotions." For the medical teams treating Bergdahl, the road to here has been a long one. They've reportedly trained every six months for Bergdahl's eventual return. The road to recovery for the 28-year-old Idaho native may also be long. Officials say Bergdahl's treatment could last weeks, possibly months, before he's ready to finally go home.

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Texas military hospital to treat Bergdahl has long history with POWs

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 01:36