The Army might owe recently-freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl up to nearly $200,000 in base pay, allowances and hostile fire pay that has accrued over the five years he spent in captivity.
Army regulations dictate that a soldier freed from captivity is entitled to housing allowances, food allowances, hostile fire pay and even some per diem payments.
As reported by Truth Revolt, further potential benefits include Family Separation Allowance and Family Separation for Housing.
Adding all of those payments on top of the approximately $1,400 that he is due on the 15th of every month creates one hefty paycheck.
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However, separating Bergdahl from that large sum of money are allegations that he deserted his post in Afghanistan nearly five years ago.
Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban in a controversial prisoner swap on June 1. He is currently in a military hospital in Germany, where he has been listed in stable condition.
Army officials have stated that upon his return to the U.S., the details of his disappearance in Afghanistan will be investigated; if the allegations are proven true, he could be charged with criminal counts of desertion or being absent without leave.
Although Bergdahl’s official status no longer reads “missing/captured,” officials were unable to specify whether or not his paychecks would be processed.
Noting that he is innocent until proven guilty, military law experts have said that the Army has no reason to withhold the payment he is due.
“He is entitled to that money,” said Greg Rinckey, a former Army judge advocate. “At a later date, the Army could go back and try to recoup it, but at this point, he is due his pay.”