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AMEDDC&S Soldiers and civilians assist with hurricane relief at San Antonio Food Bank

By Jose Rodriguez | AMEDDC&S Public Affairs | Sept. 5, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —

When Capt. Latrina Dudley saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, she wanted to help, so she organized five of her Soldiers headed to the San Antonio Food Bank to volunteer in any way needed. People throughout San Antonio have donated desperately needed items, and with the influx the food bank needed the help. The storm has passed, and now comes a long recovery for the people of South Texas.

Dudley is the commander of the Training Support Activity at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and member of the Medical Service Corps. Garrisoned at JBSA-Camp Bullis, her unit provides medical and logistical support, both tactical and non-tactical, in order to meet AMEDDC&S the training demands.

San Antonio was spared most of the effects of the storm, but people just a few hundred miles away were not so fortunate.

“I’ve volunteered at the food bank before, and wanted to do something for the victims,” Dudley said. “We had a little spare time in the training schedule this week so a few of us came here this morning to help.”  

Dudley and her Soldiers sorted and packed donations at the food bank warehouse.

The Training Support Activity is not alone in helping during the recent crisis. The 188th Medical Battalion organized a donation drive to help the San Antonio Food Bank and AMEDDC&S civilians are also stepping up volunteering at local medical facilities.

During normal times, the San Antonio Food Bank serves 58,000 individuals a week in 16 counties in Southwest Texas. The hurricane has increased that need. In the upcoming weeks, and perhaps months, displaced people will continue to need assistance and the food bank will continue to need donations and volunteers.