Monday, July 14, 2014

Slain Soldier's Family 'Furious' Bowe Bergdahl has been returned to Active Duty

The family of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, who was killed in Afghanistan in September of 2009, say they are "furious" after hearing the news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released from Taliban captivity in a prisoner swap on May 31, has been returned to active duty while investigators continue to question him about his disappearance in 2009, NBC News reported on Monday.

Many of Bergdahl's comrades have branded Bergdahl a deserter.

Bergdahl walked away from his army unit in 2009 and was subsequently held by the Taliban for five years. He was released on May 31 in exchange for five top Taliban commanders who had been imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.

Members of Darryn Andrews' platoon told the family that Darryn was searching for Bergdahl when the former was ambushed and killed.

The Defense Dept. said Monday that Bergdahl had been returned to regular Army duty while the investigation into his disappearance continues.

Officials said that Bergdahl has finished receiving therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and that he will now assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base.

"He will now return to regular duty within the command where he can contribute to the mission," the army said in a statement.

Two soldiers are reportedly being assigned to help Bergdahl readjust to Army life.

The announcement of Bergdahl's reassignment to active duty infuriated the family of the late Darryn Andrews.

"This is another attempt to give credibility to a deserter to protect the decision to free five extremely dangerous Taliban," Sondra Andrews, the mother of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, told NBC News.