Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished his recuperation and could return to active duty as soon as Monday, a defense official told CNN. Bergdahl has been undergoing therapy and counseling, as well as taking short trips away from his San Antonio army hospital to reintegrate himself into American life.
Rumors of Bergdahl's return to duty come in the midst of months of accusations and speculation over whether he deserted the military before being captured. Bergdahl was traded for five Taliban prisoners after spending five years in captivity. But his rescue was marred by accusations that he deserted the Army prior to being captured and didn't justify the trade.
There have also been doubts cast on whether he ever should have joined the army at all. The Washington Post reported in June that Bergdahl was discharged from the Coast Guard for "psychological reasons" months before enlisting in the Army, and friends said they were surprised the army accepted him.
Late last month the army cleared him of any misconduct during his time in captivity, but the military will continue to investigate whether his intention was to desert the night he wandered off his base in June 2009, according to NBC News.
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