Operation Lonestar provides free health care
POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 4:13pm
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Operation Lonestar kicks off its valley medical help today with five different locations across the RGV.
Hundreds of volunteers and patients gathered at Manzano Middle School in Brownsville to get their free health care.
Alberto Perez, Operation Lonestar PIO, "First and foremost it's an emergency preparedness program in case that we have a natural disaster or man-made disaster. We are prepared to dispense medications, food, shelter, to those that need it, that are in need."
This week they will be providing all types of medical services to valley residents. From blood work, to immunizations, to eye and dental care.
Last year they helped around 9,000 people across the RGV and expect to help all that they can.
Perez, Operation Lonestar, "They get registered at first and then they are asked what kind of service they are looking for. Since vision and dental are limited, we only have a limited amount of people that we can see per day so the earlier they could come, the better."
But just how early should you be there?
Miguel Gomez, Patient, "We got here at 4 o'clock in the morning, they took us in around 9 o'clock in the morning. I heard there were some people since last night at 11:00 pm."
It's a group effort between volunteers, students, military forces, and organizations like Remote Area Medical, who actually cuts and provides prescription glasses to those in need.
Thom Dandridge, Transportation Manager, "On average we make about 250 pair of glasses a day, but it takes about 10 vision doctors out there moving patients through so that we can do 250 pair of glasses a day."
The doors are open at 8:00 am and will be accepting patients until 4:00 pm.
Officials say that proof of income or residency is not required and medical services are available to anyone.
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