Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl back at active duty, will receive 350K in back pay

So far, the investigation (as shallow as it is) into his desertion has led those in power to decide that he deserves to be back on active duty.  Who knows if Bergdahl will ever face justice, but we shall see.

From the Mail Online July 15 by James Nye, David McCormick, Lydia Warren and Zoe Szathmary

Bowe Bergdahl could receive $350,000 tax-free when he returns to active duty with US Army today with 'desk job'

The US Army confirmed Monday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returning to active duty just four weeks on from his return to the United States after five years as a Taliban captive - and will be working behind a desk.

'To use a slang term, he will be working a desk job,' Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told ABC News.

'Sgt. Bergdahl is not restricted in any way,' he said, noting Bergdahl will reside in noncommissioned barracks. 'He is a normal soldier now.'

Col. Scott Bleichwell offered a similar description in a phone interview with MailOnline.

'It's an office job within the headquarters - just general office work,' he said.

Bleichwehl explained that Bergdahl will also have a sponsor, which he described as 'a person who's designated, not only for him, but for every soldier in Army North [...] and assists with assimilating into the unit.'

The sponsor helps with 'very basic administrative functions,' Bleichwehl said, which include '[helping become] a part of the unit, processing records, becoming familiar with the day to day schedule.'

'We're always there for every soldier,' he said.

Bergdahl may also receive $350,000 from the US government without paying taxes: $200,000 would be for wages earned during his captivity and $150,000 if he in fact was a prisoner of war...

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