Soldiers Get a Checkup After Returning From Duty

By: Paul Matadeen
By: Paul Matadeen

Saturday, soldiers got together at the armory. Their goal was to make sure fellow soldiers are doing okay after returning home from duty.

The National Guard calls it the "interactive duty drill." It's a time when troops get tested for everything from physical and dental exams to a test of a soldier’s psyche, and nearby veterans made their fellow soldiers proud by cooking up some barbeque to pass the time.

Capt. Shepherd Allen with National Guard Public Affairs said, "It's a follow-up to that soldier 90 days after he's been CONUS (in the Continental United States), to identify anything he may need counseling on."

And this day was years in the making. Officials said some of attendees deployed in 2004. They say logistics held up the usual 90-day check.

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