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Edition: Mon, January 30, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

This is a commander's program. We are encouraging our commanders to ensure complete redeployment processing of the Soldiers under their command and to help each individual make a smooth post-deployment transition. (Chief of Staff discussing the Post Deployment Health Reassessment Program)

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA)

On 23 January 2006, Secretary of the Army, Dr. Francis J. Harvey and the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Peter J. Schoomaker authorized a new health screening program, Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) which is designed to address deployment related physical and mental health needs of Soldiers three to six months after returning from deployment.

This unprecedented Army health assessment program will address the deployment related physical and mental health needs of our Soldiers.

- The Army Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) Program is a part of the DOD's overall force health protection program.

- It extends the continuum of care for service members' deployment-related health concerns.

- The PDHRA is a process designed to identify the deployment-related health concerns of all service members during the three- to six-month time period after their return from deployment and facilitate access to care.

- The PDHRA provides education, screening, assessment and access to care for a wide variety of questions and concerns that service members may have about their health after they return from deployment.

- The PDHRA is a Commander's program.

- The Army program was created with joint cooperation with DOD and all services and components.

- The Army program is being implemented on an installation-by-installation basis.

- The Army program will integrate into Commander's programs to ensure that it is part of the deployment/training cycle to include risk reduction & community service that yields a holistic and interactive approach.

- The PDHRA is being implemented in an iterative fashion as Soldiers return from deployment and reach the 90 -180 day assessment window.

- The Army's pilot reassessment program has been implemented in selected locations from July to December in both Active, Reserve and National Guard components.
- Lessons learned from these initial implementation pilot sites will be incorporated and full implementation of the reassessment program in each of the Services will begin in January 2006.

- The Army PDHRA program is part of DOD's commitment to safeguarding the well-being of all Soldiers including Active, Reserve and National Guard personnel. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness seeks to proactively identify potential health issues before they become chronic conditions as well as treat recognized health problems.

- The Army PDHRA focus is on helping individuals and families retain a healthy balance in spite of the multiple stressors associated with deployment.

For more information on the Post Deployment Health Reassessment Program, see the website: http://fhp.osd.mil/pdhrainfo/index.jsp

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