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NEWS | Sept. 20, 2017

5th Medical Recruiting Battalion Soldier supports Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

By Derrick Crawford 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion Public Affairs

Capt. Gary E. Miller, from the U.S. Army's 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, collected and delivered approximately 1,500 pounds of food, water and supplies Sept. 2 to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


His contribution was part of a larger undertaking with the San Antonio Jeep Club and Converse Rolling Creek Subdivision.  


In all, they delivered more than a ton of donated items to drop points through the American Red Cross in San Antonio, as well as to locations in Houston, Rockport and Port Aransas.


Miller, San Antonio Medical Recruiting Company commander, had already planned to take leave from work before the hurricane hit the Houston area, but when it devastated so many communities he said he felt compelled to take advantage of his time off to “support the tremendous need for humanitarian support.”


Although he had no ties to the area, Miller explained, “It was the perfect opportunity to step up for the hard hit communities of Port Arthur, Rockport, Victoria, Refugio and Houston.” 


He tapped into his network of friends, neighbors and co-workers to collect, organize, and load much needed supplies, filling his 5x8 trailer two to three feet deep, from front to back. 


Donated items included 148 pounds of non-perishable food, 705 pounds of water, 400 pounds of pet food, and 250 pounds of hygiene and medical supplies such as diapers, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap and feminine items.