Medical professionals from the Army National Guard and Texas state agencies offered basic dental care, medical exams, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, immunizations and pharmaceuticals to some 7,000 low-income residents along the Texas-Mexico border during the annual Operation Lone Star.

"It's nice having all the military people here helping us," said Rosie Bryan, a county public-health specialist. "They helped us process hundreds of patients at this site in one day."

Nearly 4,000 immunizations were administered and 4,500 diabetes screenings performed, while 2,000 people received free prescription medications.

From the October 2006 Mercury, an Army Medical Department publication.