Operation Lone Star Media Day


Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 · 11:00 am


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Join us for VIP-Media Day at Operation Lone Star in Brownsville. Please see attached electronic invitation for all the details. Come and see the great things that are happening in Brownsville. An excerpt from a recent article is attached for your convenience along with some photos and video links..see you on Thursday.

OPERATION LONE STAR--14 years and still going strong

Operation Lone Star is a joint state, military and local effort that offers free medical and dental services to South Texas residents and provides emergency preparedness training to state and military personnel. DSHS serves as the lead agency for the project and coordinates all of the partnerships that make it happen. “It takes all of our local, state and federal partners along with hundreds of volunteers to put forth an exercise of this size,” said Dr. Brian Smith of DSHS. This year the exercise runs simultaneously at six sites along the South Texas border from Brownsville to Laredo.

During its fourteen year run the operation has seen many changes in order to adapt to the needs of the training exercise and the community. This year is the first time that the Remote Area Medical Foundation or RAM joined the partnership with federal partners from the United States Public Health Service. Together they are providing dental and vision services at the Brownsville site. Eight dentists and two optometrists served over 200 each day during the one week operation. A team from the RAM foundation also manufactures the eye glasses on site which makes it possible for patients to leave with their glasses that day.

“The opportunity to exercise our emergency preparedness plans and help medically under-served communities at the same time makes it all the more worth the effort. DSHS is the lead agency but all of our state agencies participate in some way. The operation shows us the power of partnerships and planning and what can be done with limited resources to help thousands of residents along the Texas border region,” said Smith.

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Operation Lone Star dental in Brownsville
A brief look at the dental operation at Manzano MS in Brownsville

Dagoberto Garza
Autism Council for Educational Support and Scientific Studies

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