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WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the United States. The Pentagon says the former POW held captive by the Taliban for five years has arrived in San Antonio, Texas.
The military plane carrying Bergdahl landed early Friday morning in San Antonio.
The next phase of Bergdahl's recovery takes place at the nearby Brooke Army Medical Center. Teams have been preparing to help the 28-year-old with his return to society, that includes psychological treatment.
He will also have access to a lawyer, if he wants one.
And he will eventually be reunited with his family.
But there won't be any reunions until doctors in Texas believe Bergdahl is ready. Psychologists say timing is crucial.
"Bringing him home, taking him off the plane, and then turning him to his family would be too much for one time," said Kimberly Finney, a clinical psychologist.
Bergdahl was freed less than two weeks ago in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
The swap sparked controversy.
Several soldiers who served with Bergdahl claim the army sergeant deserted his post in Afghanistan.
Officials say Bergdahl could spend weeks, possibly months, receiving treatment before returning home to Idaho.