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Posted on: August 1, 2013



Local city, school, county, state, federal, military officials and partner organizations, as well as local media, were in attendance at the annual Operation Lone Star VIP Luncheon, which provides an an opportunity for leaders to get first-hand information on the positive impact Operation Lone Star has on the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley.

Operation Lone Star is a public health emergency preparedness exercise, held annually during the last week of July. This year marks OLS’ fifteenth year providing free medical services to South Texas residents, including health screenings and treatments, immunizations, student physicals, hearing and vision exams, behavioral health evaluation, and for the first time, dental health exams are being offered at PSJA High School.

The expanded services have brought an increase in demand for services, with the total number of recipients of dental and vision services at the PSJA site totaling over 1,000 as of noon on Thursday. The cost associated with providing dental and vision services is over $240,000, and these services are provided at no cost to recipients.

Project coordinators anticipate that the entire operation's projections for this year for all four sites in South Texas will total over 10,000 registered patients and a total of 42,000 services provided. These projections far surpass last year's totals.

Leaders honored and recognized the efforts of all partners including the state and local health departments, Texas Military Forces, Texas Department of Emergency Management, local school districts, and especially, the volunteer brigades such as Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.

Operation Lone Star's final day of service is Friday, August 2, from 8 am to 2 pm at two sites in Hidalgo County - PSJA High School (805 W. Ridge Rd., San Juan) and Palmview High School (3901 N. La Homa Rd., Mission).

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