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Thursday, February 23, 2006

DOD Launches Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program

A new program for our returning troops is being rolled out: the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment. Service members will participate in the health screening three-to six months after arriving home. Click on 'Article Link' below tags for more...

From the DOD's Force Health and Readiness website:

The Post Deployment Health Reassessment program will be implemented on all military installations and will include active duty members as well as the armed services reserve components.

Research indicates that many deployment-related health problems may not arise until three- to six-months after a servicemember returns from deployment. Defense Department officials stated that the program will allow servicemembers and healthcare providers the opportunity to identify potential health issues before they become chronic conditions and treat known health problems before they affect a servicemembers deployment status or career.

The PDHRA also empowers servicemen and women to proactively take charge of their health so that they receive the DoD and Department of Veteran’s Affairs sponsored health services they have earned through their service.

Each member of the Armed forces who has been deployed since September 11, 2001, will have the opportunity to complete the PDHRA and identify and address any post-deployment health concerns they may have.

The following fact sheets [pdf files] are available:

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