In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video, emailed to media, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face angry lawmakers Wednesday as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. Hagel is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the deal that secured the end of Bergdahl’s five-year captivity. In exchange, the U.S. transferred five high-level Taliban detainees to the Gulf emirate of Qatar. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan.
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According to a new report from The Washington Post, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the American prisoner of war rescued in an exchange in which the United States agreed to release five members of the Taliban, was discharged from the Coast Guard in 2006 for psychological reasons and many of his friends were concerned for his emotional well-being around that time.

The report cites several items provided to the paper by a friend of Bergdahl’s, Kim Harrison, who was designated to receive his belongings after he vanished.

Among those items is a series of entries, including a journal, essays, stories, and emails that were written over the course of the year before his disappearance and portray Bergdahl as “a deeply complicated and fragile young man.”

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According to The Post:

Harrison and others close to Bergdahl said his writing and the events surrounding the Coast Guard discharge raise questions about his mental fitness for military service and how he was accepted into the Army in 2008. Typically, a discharge for psychological reasons would disqualify a potential recruit.

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A senior Army official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the Army was aware of a prior "administrative discharge" when Bergdahl enlisted. A separate Army official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Bergdahl would have required a waiver to enlist under such circumstances. The official could not immediately confirm that Bergdahl received one.

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Whatever the exact circumstances of Bergdahl's enlistment, the Coast Guard discharge came as no surprise to Harrison and other friends of Bergdahl's who grew up with him in Ketchum, Idaho, who said he was a poor fit for military service.

Bergdahl allegedly left his post in Afghanistan in June 2009, and Harrison claims to have obtained the items shortly thereafter, adding that they have already been reviewed by US officials.

The report added that most of the writing describes Bergdahl’s inner thoughts and does not reference the Taliban or the war in Afghanistan.