Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by
Bergdahl, who had been receiving treatment at a military hospital in Germany since his release May 31, will arrive in San Antonio on Friday, Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said.
It was not clear how long Bergdahl would stay in Texas, Crosson said. "It's just another phase in his reintegration."
In a statement confirming that Bergdahl was on his way home, Rear Adm. John Kirby said he would be treated at Brooke Army Medical Center.
"As Secretary Hagel has made clear, our first priority is making sure that Sgt. Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs," Kirby said.
In exchange for releasing Bergdahl, five Afghans being held at the
Bergdahl's release has sparked a series of controversies, such as whether President
An initial Army investigation concluded that Bergdahl, now 28, left his remote base in eastern Afghanistan without permission in June 2009. His motive remains unclear.
Although negotiations between the U.S. and the
Bergdahl has said he was kept in a small, confined space after he made an escape attempt and was recaptured, and he told military doctors he was the victim of abuse during his years in captivity.
His hometown of Hailey, Idaho, had initially planned a welcome back celebration, but canceled the event amid threats and security issues.
Cloud reported from Washington and Hennessy-Fiske from Mission, Texas. Times staff writer James Queally in Los Angeles contributed to this report.