American soldier held captive by Taliban to be treated in San Antonio


by Rogelio Mares / KENS5

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 6:22 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- An American soldier held captive for five years in Afghanistan will finally be reunited with his family -- in the process -- he's expected to stop in San Antonio.

San Antonio Military Medical Center, is one of the military's advanced facilities for treating American service members.

This isn't the first time the medical complex has taken in a high profile, returning POW or hostage.

The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Idaho, will be flown eventually to SAMCC in San Antonio to receive care.

Bergdahl was taken as prisoner of war by the Taliban in 2009. his freedom was achieved as a prisoner exchange.

He is currently receiving medical care at a U.S. hospital military hospital in Germany.

Bergdahl's parents, who live in Idaho, talked to the media about their son.

"Give yourself all of the time you need to recover and decompress, there is no hurry," Jani, Bergdahl's mother said.

"The recovery and reintegration of Bowe Bergdahl is a work in progress," his father, Bob, said.

"I want to really convey that, because it isn't over for us, in many ways it's just beginning for Jani and I and our family."

Keith Stansell, Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves were brought to SAMCC in 2008 after being held captive by FARC rebels in South America for 5 years.