"Right now our focus is on searching for the missing Soldiers, and we're trying to isolate the areas where we think they could be. The (captors) don't have freedom of movement; if they have the Soldiers, they can't move them from where they are. We're doing a deliberate search of the areas for the people responsible for the Soldiers we're looking for." - MAJ. Kenny Mintz, the brigade operations officer for the 2nd BCT, 10th Mountain Division, reported yesterday May 15, concering the Soldiers that went missing in Iraq.
Post-Deployment Health Reassessment
The Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) was implemented U.S. Army-wide in January 2006. A key component of Soldier medical readiness, the PDHRA provides Soldiers a global health assessment, with a focus on behavioral health, 90 to 180 days after redeployment. The PDHRA also demonstrates the U.S. Army's commitment to caring for the health and well-being of its Soldiers. Commanders at all levels must ensure that Soldiers under their command who meet the requirements for the PDHRA receive it.
Each assessment includes an interview with a health care provider. During the assessment, Soldiers will have an opportunity to identify any new physical or behavioral health concerns they may be experiencing that may not have been present immediately after their redeployment. This new program has been very effective in identifying Soldiers who are experiencing some of the symptoms of stress-related disorders and getting them the care they need before their symptoms manifest into more serious problems.
All Soldiers who have redeployed from a combat zone since 10 March 2005 must complete the PDHRA. Additionally, Soldiers who redeployed between 11 September 2001 and 9 March 2005 are eligible to complete the screening but are not required to do so. Completion of the PDHRA consists of filling out the demographic information on the automated PDHRA form, the DD Form 2900, and conducting the one-on-one interview with a health care provider. Each Soldier's responses on the form are voluntary and confidential.
For more information on the PDHRA, visit the "PDHRA for Commanders" page in AKO (login required) or click here.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communications Guide.