POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:17am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The program is called Operation Lone Star. 500 military personnel, Cameron county health employees, and volunteer nurses from the Rio Grande Valley and Austin are helping uninsured residents of the Rio Grande Valley with medical checkups. They are providing vision screenings, child immunizations, physicals, and other health screenings.
Hundreds of people were at Manzano Elementary in Brownsville taking advantage of the free services.
"For many people this is their only opportunity to get screened, for many this their first time screened by a doctor, so it’s very important to provide these services." said Cameron County Health Services public information officer Alberto Perez
Brownsville resident Armon Hinojosa doesn't have insurance, and is taking advantage of the free vision screenings.
"It’s a great things to have these services for people especially for those that don't have that much economically, and don't have that much so it’s great." said Hinojsa
Karen Coburn is a nursing student Concordia University in Austin. Coburn is one of 10 students from the school on a mission trip helping people in the Rio Grande Valley.
"It’s an opportunity that we can give back to the community, and just come out, and help and keep up our skills, and get face time with people which is we really like to do." said Coburn.
Operation Lone Star runs all week from 8 to 4 pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 2 pm on Friday.
- Brownsville :Manzano Middle School 2580 West Alton Gloor.
- Mission:Palmview High School, 3901 North La Homa Road
- Rio Grande City: Ringgold Middle School, 1 S. Fort Ringgold
San Juan PSJA High School, 805 West Ridge Road