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Bergdahl unaware of controversy, officials say

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in a hospital-style room with no television. (Source: CNN) Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in a hospital-style room with no television. (Source: CNN)

SAN ANTONIO, TX (CNN) - After five years in captivity, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the U.S.

He arrived in Texas early Friday after being treated in a military hospital in Germany.

Almost two weeks after his Taliban captors handed him over to a U.S. special forces team in Afghanistan, Bergdahl set foot in the U.S. for the first time in five years.

In the middle of the night, he walked off a military plane surrounded by his medical and psychology team.

"During his stay here Sgt. Bergdahl will participate in reintegration. A process that aims to equip Sgt. Bergdahl with the necessary tools to regain appropriate levels of physical and emotional stability," said Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo.

Military officials spearheading Bergdahl's reintegration process say the 28-year-old soldier is speaking English and starting to make the basic choices that he's been denied for so long like picking what he wants to eat - peanut butter sandwiches are a favorite.

But Bergdahl still has not chosen to speak with his parents.

Bob and Jani Bergdahl have not made the trip to San Antonio yet to reunite with their son.

Military officials say it's all up to Bowe Bergdahl to make the phone call.

"Overall though, it's a returnee's choice to make determine when, where and who they want to reengage with socially. And I think the family understands that process at this point in time," said Col. Bradley Poppen, a  psychologist.

Bergdahl is still unaware of the controversy surrounding his capture and release.

He is in a hospital-style room with no television.

And military officials say there is no timeline for when he will be told about what's happened in the last five years.

"As we give them a sense of control, we expose them more and more to events and environments that happen around them. So yes, at some point in time he will be exposed to the media inquiries to him, what's going on in the world. But again in the past five years, he's had no exposure. We want to gradually treat that to expose it to him," Poppen said.

In writings, Bowe Bergdahl left before he was captured, he appears like a young man struggling at times to make sense of the world around him.

The Washington Post reported that in a journal entry he wrote of himself, "a wolf, mutt, hound, dog, I've been called these from my childhood. But what good am I. My existence is that of exile. To live on the fringes of this world."

The medical team around Bergdahl says he is a unique case and has lots to overcome.

There is no timeline for how long he'll be kept in San Antonio or when he'll walk back out into everyday life.

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