FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2009
Lives may have been saved and healthier lifestyles established thanks to the Texas State Guard, state and county officials and volunteer civilians who just recently traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to provide free medical and dental care, as well as preventive health education.
Operation Lone Star is an annual event that provides public health services such as immunization, physicals, health screenings, dental services and pharmacy. This year the program was offered in the Valley from July 27-31, before moving to other South Texas locations.
This massive undertaking is commendable on many fronts, from its heavy public awareness campaigns to the time and willingness of its volunteers to offer free medical care.
By detecting symptoms of serious diseases early through exams, lives can be spared. Stopping the spread of communicable diseases through its childhood immunization program can also save lives.
In addition to its scope and array of health services, its timing is impressive. Operation Lone Star arrives just in time for parents to get their kids immunized or take them for sports physicals before enrolling them in school and extracurricular events.
The Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Commission, our county officials and civilian volunteers are to be commended for organizing this massive undertaking and helping the less fortunate obtain health care services.
Most impressive are the men and women serving in the State Guard who roll up their uniform sleeves to administer these services with such willing hearts and positive attitudes. An added perk is that they serve as role models for our students.
Thank you Texas State Guard, HHSC and everyone involved for bringing Operation Lone Star to South Texas.
Sincerely, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.