Health Assessments Due After Deployments

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The Department of Defense announced a plan to enhance the post-deployment health assessment process. Health assessments will be conducted face-to-face with trained health care providers and will include discussion and documentation of specific items. In addition to the assessments, blood samples will be taken within 30 days of leaving the theater and will be forwarded to the DoD Serum Repository for archival purposes. The complete force health protection program, including regular blood tests, regular physical examinations, annual dental examinations, annual medical record reviews and pre- and post-deployment health assessments, will assist DoD in providing a continuum of care from accession to separation, according to DoD officials. Further information regarding the program can be found at