NUECES COUNTY, Tx. (July 1, 2022) — As the doors and trunks of various vehicles rhythmically close in the West Oso Junior High School parking lot with thuds, soldiers hit the road and leave Nueces County feeling fulfilled and better prepared. , while members of the public return home having gained a better sense of health and well-being after receiving free health care.
This is all part of the IRT or Innovative Readiness Training. This relatively new program is of immense benefit to local communities as well as service members from every branch of the armed forces.
The IRT links community requests for assistance with military training needs. For IRT Nueces, the Nueces County Commissioners Court requested medical and civil engineering services for Nueces County, and nine different military units from the Army and Marine Corps responded to the call. Army Reserve and Navy Reserve military units completed their annual training obligations on this IRT mission, but came away not only well-trained and competent, but also emotionally fulfilled.
Mission planner Captain Luis Weger said, “It was very rewarding, very rewarding. It was definitely a lot of work, but at the end of the day, I will go home knowing that I made a difference. And a difference has certainly been made; the mission received nearly 4,000 medical, dental and optometric patients for nine days, and also received nearly 1,500 animals for examinations and vaccinations. Again, all services were provided free of charge to the community.
A community partner, Mission of Mercy Texas, worked with the IRT program to allow its site to be used for free optometry care. This care was provided by components of active duty Army units: the 4th Optical Detachment and the 507th Optical Detachment, as well as optometrists from Fort Drum, New York. At Mission of Mercy, the two-story building has been transformed into a high-performance optometry clinic. Patients were examined on the first floor, and on the second floor, optometry technicians established a manufacturing lab, allowing glasses to be made from scratch according to each patient’s individualized needs. Most impressively, it took 20 minutes from when the prescription was written to when the patient had newly made glasses in his hand. Mission of Mercy personnel assisted the Army optometry team in these efforts and delivered just under 600 glasses to patients at no cost, saving them approximately $300,000.
The greatest cost savings to the community come from mission dental services. Dental clinics saw just under 1,200 patients, with each patient receiving dental x-rays. Dental services rendered to community members include just under 1,000 teeth extracted and 700 cleanings performed, all over nine days, and more importantly, all at no cost to community members. These dental services resulted in direct savings for all patients of just under half a million dollars.
The direct expense saved to the community was just over $1 million, taking into account the cost of procedures, labor, equipment, etc.
The Marine Corps Reserve also made stormwater drainage improvements and helped Nueces County pave just under five miles of roads, also providing immense value, estimated at around $1 million in lasting value. , according to the Nueces County Commissioner’s Court.
Ms. Belinda Flores, one of the main community partners, said: “Whoever comes through the door, we will take care of it. It’s such a good feeling. We help members of the community who do not have medical or dental care, or who have not seen a doctor or dentist for a decade or more.
Ms. Flores continues, with tears in her eyes: “I am very happy to be part of this mission, I am very proud of our soldiers, I am very proud to be American, and we are here to help each other”. .”
|Date posted:||07.01.2022 20:43|
|Location:||CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA|
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