• With: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

    This is a rush transcript from "Your World," June 16, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: All right, we are going to continue monitoring this press conference, and keep it on a split-screen here, just to bring you up to speed.

    But one of the surprises early on came out that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, as of yet, still has not talked or communicated with his parents, and his parents are not in Texas with him at this time.

    We are also learning a little bit about Sergeant Bergdahl's captivity, that , for a good part of the two years, we are told, he was in solitary confinement in a six-by-six-foot cell.

    What is not clear is which two years those were. Could it have anything to do with the time he tried to escape and was it two years after that, and then at which time did he have more liberal freedoms to move around and go outside, even play soccer with his captors?

    There's much we don't know. We are monitoring this.

    But we thought it would be a good thing to talk too about someone who knows about this reintegration process, a fellow who went through it himself. You know him as John McCain, the former presidential candidate, of course a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War for close to seven years.

    MCCAIN: Five-and-a-half.

    CAVUTO: I apologize.

    Senator, the -- the reintegration process, you went through that. What does that involve?

    MCCAIN: Well, in our case, we had a different experience near the end, where we were put together in large groups of prisoners.

    And during that period of time, it -- the reintegration process sort of went on. I mean, we were able to talk to each other, be -- socialize and everything like that. So it was very different from Sergeant Bergdahl's experience, by himself. And...


    CAVUTO: Did you have -- for example, when you knew you were going to be released, and in fact you were released...

    MCCAIN: Yes. Yes.

    CAVUTO: ... how quickly did you talk to family members or did you close off or...

    MCCAIN: Well, as soon as we landed in the Philippines, there were -- we were taken to the airport there in Hanoi and then landed in the Philippines, and were able to talk right away.

    It's -- it's very different in Bergdahl's case. He went from this very tough situation to back in society, so to speak to -- and in ours, we had been together as a group. I spent a couple years in solitary confinement, but that was earlier on.


    CAVUTO: So, the last couple years were not in solitary confinement?

    MCCAIN: No, no. And last...


    CAVUTO: But do you read anything significant, Senator, that he has, even now, not communicated with his parents?

    MCCAIN: I don't know, honestly.

    CAVUTO: Right.

    MCCAIN: I know it's been a very difficult time for him and great strain mentally. I know the period that I was in solitary confinement, it was pretty tough.

    But it's so different. It's hard for me, except to know that, right now, he probably deserves a lot of our patience.

    CAVUTO: Yes. Did you know at the time that -- he might be oblivious to all the press and the controversy.

    MCCAIN: Oh, yes, we knew about it.

    CAVUTO: Were you aware of the controversies over the Vietnam War and Americans getting jaded during your imprisonment?

    MCCAIN: Yes, because we would have newer pilots shot down, and they would -- we would communicate with them, and we would keep up.

    And, of course, we had this wonderful radio program. Much like FOX, it was totally unbiased and fair and balanced.


    CAVUTO: So...

    MCCAIN: We called it Hanoi...


    MCCAIN: They would play this propaganda to us. And if you listened, you could read through the...


    CAVUTO: But you were aware of what was going on?