This week is Operation Lone Star. It is a program that offers free medical services to the Rio Grande Valley community.
For nearly two decades it has been a partnership with Hidalgo County, military forces, as well as area universities. It has brought together medical volunteers from across Texas for the week-long event
The program offers medical services such as immunizations, school physicals, diabetes testing, vision, dental services, as well as general checkups, and aims to help the underprivileged.
Event organizers say there is a need here in the Rio Grande Valley for these services.
Throughout the week operation lone star says it will assist nearly five thousand area residents with the free medical services.
Apart from the free medical services organizers say they also use this event to prepare for a disaster.
Commanding officer Cheryl Lemmings, who is in her fourth year of volunteering for the event, says she is happy to lend a helping hand to the community.
“It’s a great event and I’m proud to be a part of this event. To come out to help the community. We are all honored to be here to help.”
Organizers say no documentation or identification is required to receive the free medical services.