Operation Lone Star Provides Free Medical Care

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Operation Lone Star Provides Free Medical Care

A nursing program volunteer gives her time to help those in need at Operation Lone Star. (photo by Tech Sgt. Hatton, U.S. Air Force)
A nursing program volunteer gives her time to help those in need at Operation Lone Star. (photo by Tech Sgt. Hatton, U.S. Air Force)

State program offers services July 24-28

Operation Lone Star returns to the Valley next week, bringing free health care services to five sites July 24-28. Available services include child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as sports physicals.

In addition, the Rio Grande City site will provide preventive dental services for school-age children. Dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for both adults and children will be available at the Hanna Early College High School as well as PSJA High School.

Operation Lone Star, an annual event first staged in 1999, also provides an opportunity to train emergency responders in how to quickly set up and operate clinics in the event of a public health emergency. The clinics are a cooperative effort of the Texas Department of State Health Services and other state health and human services agencies. Local partners include Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, City of Laredo Health Department, the Texas Military Department, and community volunteer groups.

Locations include:

Brownsville: Vela Middle School, 4905 Paredes Line Road
La Feria: La Feria High School, 901 N. Canal Street, La Feria, TX 78559
La Joya: La Joya High School, 604 Coyote Drive, La Joya, TX 78560
Laredo: Lyndon B. Johnson High School, 5626 Cielito Lindo, Laredo, TX 78046
Rio Grande City: Ac2E Magnet Elementary School, 1 S. Fort Ringgold
San Juan: PSJA High School, 805 West Ridge Road

All clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, call your local health department or dial 2-1-1.

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