“I shall return!”
Douglas McArthur, commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, made good on that statement when he as leader of U.S. forces returned to the Philippines to restore government there at the conclusion of World War II.
Like McArthur, the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Reserves vowed to return to Helena-West Helena to offer more free medical services. And also like General McArthur they will make good on their promise when they come back to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences East, July 16-25.
“Once again, UAMS East is privileged to host the military as they return to our area to render much needed medical, optometry, dental and limited veterinary services to the people of Helena-West Helena and Phillips County,” stated Becky Hall, EdD, director of UAMS East. “They will provide these services 11 days this summer.”
The last time the military medical personnel were in Helena-West Helena was in June 2011.
Services provided for people two years and older will include medical screenings and non-emergency treatment, dental exams, extractions and fillings, minor lab tests, optometry exams and free glasses, prescription assistance, education information and veterinary services – spay and neuter. The free medical treatment does not include emergencies, OB exams or OB treatment.
As part of Delta Medical 2013, military personnel will offer free spay and neuter clinic for animals during their 11-day stay. Free rabies vaccinations also will be available. These services will be provided at St. John's Episcopal Church at 625 Pecan in Helena. You must call for an appointment at 870-753-2829. The Humane Society of the Delta is helping with the clinic, which will serve Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Crittenden counties in Arkansas and Quitman, Coahoma and tunica counties in Mississippi.
In the meantime, Hall is still actively recruiting volunteers (individuals and organizations) to provide the service men and women with at least one meal each day, preferably lunch, during their stay here.
“We are asking for food or cash donations to accomplish this task,” said Hall. “We will need to feed approximately 50 people each day (military and volunteers).”
Those willing to provide breakfast or dinner should inform the UAMS staff.
Daily needs include dishwater detergent, dishtowels, a large coffee maker, bottled water (six to eight cases per day), soft drinks, ice, snack bars (Nutri Grain, etc.), coffee, cream, sugar, coffee stirrers, dinner plates, dessert plates, cups, napkins, plastic silverware; for breakfast, donuts, muffins, bagels, butter, cream cheese, orange juice.
UAMS staffers suggest individuals and/or businesses combine resources to provide a complete meal. Local churches and businesses are encouraged to pick a day to provide a complete meal. The military personnel will begin arriving on Friday, July 12 and will remain here through Saturday, July 27.
Page 2 of 2 - For more information about donation needs and to schedule a specific date or dates you or your organization will provide a meal for the troops, please contact Lois Newton at 870-572-2727, Ext. 146 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Volunteers are needed on a daily basis to help serve meals, direct patients and clerical assistance. Those wishing to volunteer for these services also should contact Newton.
The military medical teams will be seeing patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and on Sunday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
Delta Regional Authority, the City of Helena-West Helena and UAMS East are co-sponsoring Delta Medical 2013.