Healthy parents make for healthy military children

LTC Jennifer Peters currently serves as the Executive Officer of the U.S. Army's Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program.

I wear many hats–Soldier, nurse, Program Executive, however, to three of the most important people in my life,

I’m known as Mom. My children have grown up in a military family, and faced the many changes and challenge that being a military child entails.  As I look back on their childhood, I recognize that one of the best things my husband and I provided them with were healthy examples. April is recognized as the Month of the Military Child, and there will be events and discussion centered on the care and well-being of our children. How do we support and care for them in this challenging environment? As a health care provider and the Executive Officer for the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA), I would offer that an important component to caring for our children is caring for ourselves. Deployment presents us with a host of stressors, both physical and mental, and it impacts all of us in varying ways. One of the ways to ensure that your health is 100% after deployment is by taking the PDHRA. In 45-minutes, you speak with a health care provider who examines for both physical and behavioral health concerns associated with deployment. Whether you get a referral or a clean bill of health— you’ve taken steps to protect your own health. It’s one of the best things we can do for our military children. To learn more about the PDHRA, log onto AKO [http://goo.gl/5AKlh] or this public web site http://goo.gl/wX5E3 .

This blog post was written and submitted by LTC Jennifer Peters, the Executive Officer for the U.S. Army Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program.