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“We’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years, but what’s most important now is his health and well-being, that he have the opportunity to recover in peace and security and be reunited with his family, which is why this is such a joyous day,” Ms. Rice said on ABC’s “This Week.”

An annual event called “Bring Bowe Back” in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, scheduled for June 28 was quickly renamed “Bowe Is Back.”

“It is going to be Bowe’s official welcome-home party even if he’s not quite home yet,” organizer Stefanie O’Neill said.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.