Bergdahl eligible for 5 years of back pay, benefits

Bergdahl eligible for 5 years of back pay, benefits

[Ed. – Shouldn’t there be a deduction for deserters?]

The Army owes Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a lot of money.

It’s not just the standard paycheck for about $1,400 that he’s due on the 15th of this month.

Technically, the Army owes Bergdahl a lump sum check for back pay covering his five years in captivity.

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That would probably be nearly $200,000 because, according to Army regulations, a soldier freed from captivity is entitled to not only his accrued basic pay but also housing allowance, food allowance, hostile fire pay and even some per diem payments.

But it’s not clear when — or even if — Bergdahl will see any of that money.

Bergdahl’s Taliban captors released him June 1 as part of a controversial prisoner swap. Since then, he has been at a military hospital in Germany, where he’s listed in stable condition.

After Bergdahl returns home and completes the “reintegration process,” Army officials say he will face an investigation into allegations that he left his post in Afghanistan without permission. That could lead to criminal charges of being absent without leave or desertion.

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