Soldiers Caring For Soldiers by ProQuest


Interviewers are specially trained providers who will refer Soldiers or Army civilians to additional health care, if necessary. Since December 2008, MAJ Stephanie A. Ball has managed the Army Reserve program. In particular, Army Reserve Soldiers do not have routine access to medical treatment facilities, typically located on Army installations. [...] PDHRA, within the Army Reserve, has an even stronger responsibiUty to Unk Soldiers with resources located within their community.

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									Soldiers Caring                                                                                            to the appropriate type of
                                                                                                           medical attention.

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                                                                                                              Although this is the case
                                                                                                           for the entire Army, MAJ
                                                                                                           Ball said the Army Reserve
                                                                                                           faces unique circumstances in
                                                                                                           accomplishing that mission.
                                                                                                           “Our Soldiers return to
The Army’s Post-Deployment Health                                                                          a different environment
Reassessment helps vets returning from                                 LTC Murray Kramer giving a          than their Active Duty
                                                                      patient a stuffed animal at a        counterparts. They transition
the theater adjust to life at home.                                   Baghdad hospital.
                                                                                                           back to civilian life, to their
                                                                      jobs, their schools, their families in a hometown environment.
By LTC Sophia Tillman-Ortiz, USA, Program Director,                   This is how we differ,” she said.
Post-Deployment Health Reassessment                                      In particular, Army Reserve Soldiers do not have routine
                                                                      access to medical treatment facilities, typically located on Army

R          eturning home from a deployment is an experience           installations. Therefore, PDHRA, within the Army Reserve, has
           filled with happiness, reassurance, and pride. Soldiers    an even stronger responsibility to link Soldiers with resources
           relish the fact that they accomplished their mission       located within their community. If a Soldier needs additional
and look to reunite with families, friends, and loved ones.           attention, the Army Reserve PDHRA Program connects
   Nevertheless, in the months following deployment, many             Soldiers with support services and health care providers where
Soldiers deal with the difficult task of transitioning back from      they can address issues and concerns near their hometowns.
theater to their posts, camps, or stations, as well as to the local
community and civilian life. During this process, Soldiers may        A Commander’s Perspective
face a wide array of emotional or health issues they may not          PDHRA relies on commanders to ensure that Soldiers
have expected. Although these concerns may seem surprising,           complete the screening. Commanders are an integral part of the
they are real and often result in physical and behavioral issues      PDHRA process and are the ones the Army entrusts in carrying
that require specific care and attention to ensure they are           out its mission to protect its Soldiers.
resolved and do not worsen.                                               LTC Murray Kramer, USAR, with the 7222nd Medical
                                                                      Support Unit in Tampa, Fla., is responsible for making certain
PDHRA                                                                 that Soldiers complete numerous requirements upon their
To safeguard the well-being of all its Soldiers and Department        redeployment.
of Army civilians who deploy to a combat zone, the Army                   Having been deployed himself in 2006 to Iraq, LTC Kramer
developed the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment                     can relate firsthand to the difficulties his Soldiers face. “You’re
(PDHRA). Mandated by the assistant secretary of defense for           switching gears, going from one world where your focus is on
health affairs in March 2005, PDHRA is a health screening that        completing the mission at hand to comin
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