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Bowe Bergdahl: What does a returning POW need?
The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 12, 2014 | Taylor Brown

Posted on 06/12/2014 4:56:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Bergdahl's ability to make decisions and anticipate the future was stripped during his captivity.

After five years in Taliban captivity, US Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is on his way to Texas for the next stage of his "reintegration" to freedom. What does the programme consist of and what does a returning prisoner of war need in the long term?

The first stage of the military's reintegration mission is straight-forward - ensure the ex-captive is safe and out of immediate danger. The Pentagon says this takes 48-96 hours and often deals with emergency medical issues and time-sensitive intelligence debriefing.

The second and third stages begin what can be the lengthy task of processing the emotional and psychological effects of captivity.

"Bowe's been gone so long that it's going to be so difficult to come back," Sgt Bergdahl's father Robert Bergdahl said at a news conference soon after his son gained his freedom. Mr Bergdahl likened the experience to a deep-sea diver returning to the surface - it needs to be done slowly.

"If he comes up too fast," he said, "it could kill him."(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; taliban
Yeah, that was my first thought, too, what does Sergeant Bergdahl need...
1 posted on 06/12/2014 4:56:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bowe Bergdahl: What does a returning POW traitor need? There, fixed it.
2 posted on 06/12/2014 4:57:56 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He wasn’t a POW.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 4:58:33 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

let the prisonn guards give him what he needs.


4 posted on 06/12/2014 4:58:48 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why Bowe needs a Court Martial.


5 posted on 06/12/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

Exactly. First thing he needs a Court-Martial.

He deserves the chance to clear his name.

If he can.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does Bergdahl need:

1) A Koran
2) New prayer Rug
3) A compass that points to Mecca.
4) Halal cookbook
5) new robes
6) Democrat voter registration card

7 posted on 06/12/2014 5:01:54 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe the middle east situation has a new poster boy.


8 posted on 06/12/2014 5:03:47 PM PDT by jetson
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To: Lurker; All

You are 100% correct.

I believe you have to be captured on a battlefield while in uniform to be classified as a POW.

Is that correct ..??

Bergdahl was OUT OF UNIFORM .. and he was NOT on the battlefield. According to his platoon, Bergdahl was never classified as a POW.

Let’s just keep correcting these people until they finally realize there was no POW .. just a deserter.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 5:04:01 PM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
" Bowe Bergdahl:
What does a returning POW need?"

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10 posted on 06/12/2014 5:04:43 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Soldiers in an Infantry unit in a combat zone have zero, ZERO tolerance for a nut job. Their lives depend on each other and they won’t take the chance that a nut job will do something stupid and get them killed. Ask the members of his platoon if he acted crazy. Trying to make a psychological diagnosis from reading SOME of his diary is amateur hour and smacks of political coverup.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 5:14:13 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see him as being the commie lib ‘RATS’ next “rising star”.


12 posted on 06/12/2014 5:28:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know what he needs, a trip to Leavenworth and an eventual bullet to that head, but hey thats just my opinion


13 posted on 06/12/2014 5:49:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ensure the ex-captive is safe and out of immediate danger.

a cell in Leavenworth ought to fit the bill

14 posted on 06/12/2014 5:49:11 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Michael.SF.

You nailed it! Don’t forget a couple of teen age wives.


15 posted on 06/12/2014 6:05:32 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Valerie Jarrett warned us they would "get even with those who opposed them"..)
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To: Michael.SF.
Id give him all that and then some......just after he'd been convicted of desertion and sentenced to death in the next 48 hours
16 posted on 06/12/2014 6:06:59 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Michael.SF.

What does Bergdahl need:
1) A Koran
2) New prayer Rug
3) A compass that points to Mecca.
4) Halal cookbook
5) new robes
6) Democrat voter registration card

7) Campaign donations for his House run on the Democrat ticket.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 7:26:39 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

That seems fair...


18 posted on 06/12/2014 7:30:56 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: greyfoxx39
a couple of teen age wives

Kind of old for him don't you think?

19 posted on 06/12/2014 7:32:25 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tall Branch, Short Rope.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The second and third stages begin what can be the lengthy task of processing the emotional and psychological effects of captivity.

An old boss of mine who was a POW in the Bataan Death March told me that the reason the reason many of them were able to reintegrate into society was because of their strong Christian faith.

Every evening they got together and prayed and reaffirmed their faith in God.
Nonbelievers were usually the first to breakdown. Bergdahl, if held under extreme circumstances probably would not have survived given his mental state going in.

21 posted on 06/13/2014 7:53:06 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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