Operation Lone Star wrapped up its annual week of free medical services in Texas for 2012, seeing more than 5,000 patients and providing almost 30,000 medical services:
Olga Flores of Donna does not have insurance. The 45 year-old home provider does not earn much, but she still does not qualify for federal health insurance programs like Medicaid.
For Flores, the annual Operation Lone Star is a good option for her to get a free medical checkup. She first visited 14 years ago, when she received some dental care for a pesky molar.
“I was so happy, because I was really suffering because it was not aligned,” Flores said in Spanish.
She didn’t come back for 14 years because her work schedule wouldn’t allow it. Until Friday.
By 6:45 a.m., she was in line at PSJA High School site for medical services with her 7 year-old daughter Chloe.
More than 1,800 people attended Operation Lone Star at the PSJA site this year, said Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, spokesperson for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District.
Add another 1,600 attended the Palmview site and the approached 3,500 attendees throughout Hidalgo County only.
As of Thursday, more than 5,600 patients had been seen, with more than 28,800 services provided during this year’s initiative.
Operation Lone Star 2012 has hit south Texas, and is already providing free health services to many South Texans in need. The joint exercise of state health and human services agencies, Texas Military Forces, Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services and the City of Laredo Health Department work together to bring FREE medical services to under-served communities along the Texas border. The operation is made possible with the help of hundreds of local service groups and volunteers.
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