Chilean military joins Operation Lone Star effort

News Center 23

POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 8:02am

Blood pressure screenings, diabetic screenings, immunizations, and sports physicals are just some of the free services Operation Lone Star provides to anyone who comes to Manzano Middle School to get their health checked out.

"It's vital for us to get, uh, information, from the public to see how also the public is doing healthwise, and sometimes this is their first and only medical, um, screening that they've had in their life or this is their only one that they've had in a long time," said PIO Alberto Perez.

But these people were joined by another group, the Chilean military. These military officials explained that they were in the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about the mission of Operation Lone Star and volunteer themselves.

Other officials explained the importance of what this means for locals and people in the state of Texas.

"It was a 12-plus hour drive for us to get here, and absolutely worth every minute of it because some of us have been doing this for a long time. Because this is, this is a highlight of what we do to serve Texas. You leave here with a sense of 'maybe I do matter.' And I think that's what everybody looks for at one time or another - 'I wanna matter sometime, somehow in my life, I wanna matter," said Capt. Vicky Nunn of the US Military.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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