Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been shifted to outpatient status less than a month after his release from captivity in Afghanistan.
The former prisoner of war, who was receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, this week moved to outpatient care at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, an Army spokesperson told NBC News. He will continue to receive medical care, counseling and debriefings.
Bergdahl earlier received care at a U.S. military hospital in Germany before being transferred to San Antonio on June 13.
The Taliban held Bergdahl captive for nearly five years before he was released from Afghanistan in exchange for five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican critics quickly pounced on President Obama’s approval of the prisoner swap, calling it a violation of the National Defense Authorization Act that requires the president to notify Congress 30 days before transferring prisoners from Gitmo.
The Army began its investigation last week into the events surrounding Bergdahl’s departure from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Thirty-four percent of Americans said releasing Bergdahl was the “right thing” to do, according to a recent poll released by USA Today and the Pew Research Center, among 1,004 adults.