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Edition: Thu, August 23, 2007
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Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA)

What is it? The PDHRA, a Commander's Program, is a force health protection process designed to enhance the deployment-related continuum of care. The program was mandated in March 2005 by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and is designed to identify and address health concerns. The PDHRA is mandatory for all Soldiers who have returned from a combat deployment since 10 March 2005 and is highly recommended for all Soldiers who participated in combat prior to 10 March 2005.

Research shows that our Soldiers may experience unrecognized and undiagnosed medical conditions that surface after release from Active Duty. The PDHRA assists leaders to identify and resolve deployment-related medical issues, especially those related to Soldiers' behavioral health as they readjust back to life in their community. Ideally, the PDHRA should be completed 90 to 180 days after returning from deployment, but individuals past this window are still eligible.

The PDHRA uses the DD Form 2900, Post Deployment Health Reassessment, to facilitate a standardized assessment. Key elements of the PDHRA include outreach, education and training, screening, and assessment by specially trained health care providers, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up.

In addition to screening for deployment-related health concerns, the PDHRA brings needed healthcare resources to our Soldiers in geographically dispersed locations to include outreach specialists from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Battlemind II Training program, part of the educational portion of the PDHRA, was developed for Soldiers and their Families by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to alert them of potential pitfalls of reintegration and to de-stigmatize behavioral health issues.

What has the ARNG done? Currently, over 54,000 assessments have been completed and many additional Soldiers are scheduled to participate in PDHRA during the remainder of Fiscal Year 2007. The ARNG currently has over 59,000 Soldiers eligible for the assessment. To facilitate the education process and to increase awareness, the ARNG has developed a comprehensive site for publicly accessible resources such as a Commander's Toolkit, Battlemind Training, and available references and resources for Soldiers and Families.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future? The Director, ARNG provided re-prioritized funds to implement the program in Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2007. The funds provide manpower infrastructure to manage the PDHRA program and also pay and allowances for Soldiers referred for medical care. The funding helps alleviate lost income from civilian employment, which can create additional hardships during the reconstitution phase of deployment.

Why is this important to the ARNG? The ARNG is committed to the long-term success of the PDHRA program and the long-term health and well being of our Soldiers. The PDHRA program directly impacts the retention and well-being of our Soldiers and their Families and is critical to future deployment strength.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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