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Bergdahl Has Been Venturing Off-Base, Interacting With the Public Since His Return to the U.S.

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday. The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video) AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has ventured off a Texas Army base several times in the past month as part of an effort to rehabilitate him, a military spokesperson said.

According to military spokeswoman Arwen Consaul, Bergdahl has visited a library, supermarket and several other stores since he returned to the U.S. mid-June. He has also eaten at restaurants and interacted with the public.

The process is aimed at "getting (Bergdahl) comfortable with being out in public and interacting with large groups of people," she said.

Each time he leaves base, Bergdahl —  who was freed late last May through a controversial prisoner exchange — is accompanied by members of his reintegration team.

"Sometimes they sit at the table with him," the Army spokeswoman said, according to CNN. "[O]ther times, they hang in the background."

Bergdahl has dressed in both civilian clothing and his military uniform during his excursions off the base, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, the Army continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance and capture by the Taliban. It is also unknown whether he has visited his family since his return to the U.S.

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