Next week, the Army, Air Reserves, and National Guard will provide free medical services to residents in rural areas of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, and on Hawai"i Island in Ka"u and Ocean View through a joint venture called "Tropic Care". Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) received a briefing yesterday on the program from Air Force Reserves Colonel Jerry Arends during her tour of Lānaʻi.
Between June 2-14, nearly 150 servicemembers from more than 25 different states in the military's "Innovative Readiness Training Unit" will be in Hawai"i to deliver free dental services, including exams, treatments, and extractions to residents in some of the most rural areas of the state. The troops will also be offering free eye exams and providing eye glasses to those who need them.
"Access to quality health care can be a challenge for those in our rural and underserved communities," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "After visiting with the great team of providers at Lānaʻi Community Health Center and Lānaʻi Community Hospital yesterday, I know everyone appreciates the extra help being offered at no cost thanks to the Army, Air Reserves, and the National Guard."
In addition to medical services, residents living "off the grid" and using a generator for power will have access to servicemembers specializing in mechanics, who will work on any systems that need attention.