US Soldier undergoes medical evaluation after N. Korea release

WASHINGTON: U.S. Army Private Travis King arrived at a U.S. military hospital in Texas on Thursday where he will undergo medical evaluations, including for his mental health, following his expulsion from North Korea a day earlier, the Pentagon said.
King, 23, was held in North Korea for over two months after his surprise dash across the heavily militarized border dividing the Korean peninsula.
Details are still scarce about King’s treatment while in North Korean custody and questions remain about why he fled to one of the world’s most reclusive nations.
“He’ll be going through medical screenings, medical evaluations, and then he’ll be meeting with professionals to assess his emotional and mental health,” Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters.
Singh said she could not put a timetable on the evaluation process, but added that he will be going through the reintegration program for the “immediate future.” A U.S. military flight carrying King landed at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston at about 0530 GMT, officials said. Television footage showed a group of people leaving a plane at the base at that time. –Agencies