ALOHA FROM JENNIE: Usually when we hear that the United States military has swooped into a town, it's due to some sort of crisis or disaster. However, during June 16-26, the happy event was Tropic Care 2014, a military exercise which provided training for joint-civil military members while delivering medical care to communities on our small island of Kauai.
During the eleven day event, more than 9,000 patients received over 22,000 free medical, dental, and vision procedures from military medical professionals via branches of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines as well as the Kauai Medical Reserve Corp. As an example of the enormous resources devoted to this program, more than 5,000 pairs of prescription glasses were created by military trained professionals for Kauai patients.
The win-win program enabled military personnel to test their medical skills and mobile responsiveness, and provided hands-on training and interaction with patients. On the civilian side, the medical needs of American communities are being met when there may not otherwise be alternatives.
Word of mouth and news coverage about the various mobile treatment centers set up at local schools brought in people who normally live in underserved and rural areas. The Kauai community showed their thanks and aloha by showering the servicemen and women with gifts of food and other tokens of appreciation.
Photos and daily event updates are shared on the program's Facebook page linked here. As you view photos of the event, you can sense the precision, skill and efficiency of the military personnel as they set up treatment centers at different locations, and the appreciation and gratitude of patients who normally do not have access to these types of services. One patient expressed how happy she was that even her dog was able to receive some aid and relief; a lot of good energy is evident throughout the Facebook journal.
We hope that these types of resources and programs can be shared with many more American communities.