Single Soldiers of 1st Med provide Health Care Fair

By 1st Lt Leanne Masserini
13th SC(E), PAO

Single Soldiers of the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a health fair at the Post Exchange Apr 27 to promote health awareness to the families and soldiers of Ft Hood.

The 1st Medical Brigade single soldier health fair offered free pamphlets and information on veterinarian services, oral health, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy, blood pressure, cholesterol, and parenting, just to name a few.  They also offered free blood pressure screenings and toothbrushes.

“We are offering a little bit of everything as far as health care is concerned,” said Sgt. Willie Houston, patient administrator with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Med. Bde. 

The 1st Med. Bde. is facilitating that by providing pamphlets on adopting pets, owning pets, teeth, asthma, bone marrow and veterinarian care tips, Houston said.

Soldiers of the 1st Med Bde volunteered their time to give back to their community by sharing their knowledge of health care.

“Soldiers are taking their own personal time, no one directed or said they had to be here,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Stuart, command sergeant major of the 1st Medical Brigade. 

“One part of the pillars of Better Opportunity of Single Soldiers is community service,” Stuart said, and this is “one way to exercise that community service.”

Stuart has volunteered his time to provide information at health fairs such as the one held at the Clear Creek PX  throughout his career, spanning more than 20 years at various duty stations, so he’s aware of the type of response the fair was going to get from the Ft Hood community.

1st Med single Soldiers were providing health care information to an average of 150 personnel per hour.

“Its always the people back here in the rear that supports us so we wanted to do something that shows them that we care about them, not only care about them, but care about their health,” said Houston.

The family members and soldiers receiving the screening appreciated the services and believed the information that was given was helpful.

“It’s very helpful, I think it’s important for the Families and Soldiers to know what’s going with their health,” said Dolores Rice, a spouse of an active duty Soldier.

“I think everyone should know what their (blood) pressure is,” said Rice.  “It should be important for them to read information and to provide information to kids and family members… reading should keep them up-to-date.”

Single Soldiers of the 1st Med. Bde. share hopes of making the health fair a quarterly event.

“This is the first time 1st Medical Brigade has put on a health fair and something we will continue to do,” said Houston.