NUECES COUNTY, Tx. (June 30, 2022) – Approximately 1,400 of members of the public received dental care including teeth extractions, cleanings, and x-rays at no cost in Nueces County, Texas as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program.
Nueces County, Texas, hosted roughly 100 Marines and Army Soldiers for this IRT mission, which provided no-cost medical, optometry, dental, and veterinary care to the public while simultaneously offering Soldiers and Marines training opportunities. The IRT program stems from community requests for assistance from the Department of Defense, and then the Department of Defense then identifies military units that need training pertinent to the community requests. Here, the Nueces County Commissioner of Precinct 2, Joe A. Gonzalez identified a need for dental care for members of the community.
“There continues to be an extensive need for health services even considering the best efforts that we have provided with past clinics. The health care needs here in the region are great. We are most excited about the variety of services being offered for residents to be seen by a dentist, physician, and optometrist in one day is something we are immensely impressed by and ever grateful for,” according to Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG), Commissioner, Nueces County Precinct Two, one of the many stakeholders in requesting this IRT mission in Nueces County.
The 965th Dental Company (Area Support) from Seagoville, TX was identified for this training opportunity and mobilized 32 Officers and Enlisted personnel to provide dental evaluations, tooth extractions, and dental cleanings at three locations throughout the county, resulting in approximately: 1,400 unique dental patients, 1,200 dental x-rays performed, 1,000 extracted teeth, and 700 cleanings.