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Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA)

What is it?
The PDHRA is a health screening designed for all Soldiers–regardless of component- and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians. It is part of the Army's ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of Soldiers and DA Civilians who have been redeployed from combat for 90 days or more.

What has the Army done?
The Army has learned from experience that deployment-related health issues may take time surface. The PDHRA was implemented across the Army in January 2006, and commanders are responsible for executing this program.

Soldiers and DA Civilians speak one-on-one with a healthcare provider, who then makes a referral for follow-up care and treatment if necessary. At on-site screening events, Department of Veterans Affairs representatives can enroll eligible Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers for VA health care benefits, and can assist them with scheduling follow-on appointments as needed. The benefits of the PDHRA screening include:

  • Highlighting key readiness factors
  • Identifying what affects an individual's performance
  • Keeping their Soldiers and DA Civilians in their best condition
  • Helping Soldiers and DA Civilians receive help when they need it, even if problems are not apparent to them

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?

The PDHRA is a health screening only. If deployment-related health issues are identified as a result of the PDHRA, Soldiers and DA Civilians are referred for further medical evaluation. Part of the Army's deployment cycle support process is continuous monitoring of Soldiers upon their return from combat to ensure their readiness remains consistent with requirements. During the reconstitution phase of redeployment, Soldiers benefit from the Army's increased emphasis on the 'battle buddy' concept and Family and other social interactions. This helps Soldiers identify their individual needs.

Why is this important to the Army?
The PDHRA is one of the Army's many tools that evaluate the effects that serving in combat can have on our Soldiers and Civilians. It contributes to the Army's overall readiness by providing an opportunity Soldiers and DA Civilians to identify treat deployment-related health issues before they become more serious.

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