SITKA, ALASKA Long after their deployments have ended, National Guardsmen at Ft. Richardson are being screened for physical and emotional health problems that may have developed as a result of their service in Afghanistan.
Kari Lundgren, a physician’s assistant at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, is among a number of mid-level practioners recruited to conduct detailed interviews with soldiers returning to the state.
Lundgren spent last week at Ft. Richardson performing screenings for Logistics Health Incorporated, a government contractor responsible for monitoring the health of troops.
The guardsmen Lundgren interviewed had been home about four months from their deployment in Afghanistan. She talked with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey about how the men and women in the military in Alaska are faring under the strain of our country’s extended engagement in the Middle East:
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