PORTAGEVILLE, MO. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the U.S. Department of Defense announced today that Operation Healthy Delta will now be conducted from Sept. 11-24 in Charleston, Caruthersville and surrounding communities. The healthcare missions are a partnership with DRA and the military, whose members volunteer their services for the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program.
Most IRT projects are funded through a variety of sources including government budgets and private resources. Due to federal budget restraints, Operation Healthy Delta now will move to September. The IRT program provides basic medical and optical exams, the ability to provide prescription glasses as well as dental exams that include extractions and fillings for all residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
"We are grateful to our military personnel for being flexible and willing to provide no-cost healthcare services in the Delta," DRA Chairman Chris Masingill said. "This program is about Americans serving Americans, something that makes us all proud. We recognize the budget issues in Washington have forced the military to reschedule but our goals of delivering healthcare to Delta residents remains the same."
DRA's IRT missions have provided no-cost healthcare services to more than 85,000 residents in 20 communities,
"Our military members are proud to volunteer and offer these important health services to communities in the Delta region while meeting their military training requirements," said. Capt. Jennifer Fagan, the Air National Guard Medical IRT project manager. "These missions help demonstrate the commitment our military has to our nation, and further strengthen the relationship between our service members and American communities. IRT projects are cost-effective and primarily funded by existing military service training budgets."
About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA's SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment for local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents. Learn more at dra.gov.
Since DRA began to partner with the Department of Defense in 2008, Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) missions have provided medical, dental, and optical care at no cost to over 85,000 patients in 20 rural communities with services valued at more than $15 million. Learn more at dra.gov/irt