WASHINGTON -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has refused to see his parents or talk to them on the phone since he was released from captivity in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Bergdahl had been held captive by the Haqqani Network for five years before he was released to U.S. Special Forces in May as part of a prisoner swap. Under that deal, Bergdahl was set free in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Bergdahl's parents stood next to President Barack Obama during his announcement of Bergdahl's release -- Berdahl's father sporting a long beard he began growing when his son went missing in 2009.
Despite the White House hailing Bergdahl's release as a victory, the matter became embroiled in controversy as lawmakers complained they weren't given sufficient notice of the planned swap and warned of national security risks of releasing leading Taliban figures. In the meantime, former members of Bergdahl's platoon tagged him as a deserter perhaps not worthy of being rescued.
Bergdhal returned to active duty on Monday after finishing his therapy at a military hospital in San Antonio.