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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryon Kumrow (right) and Jose Naranjo (left), advanced radiology technologists from Naval Hospital Pensacola, review training material during orientation at Valley Baptist Medical Center- Harlingen.
U.S. Army photo by Maj. Bonnie Conard | U.S. Army North Public Affairs

As of late July, there were more than 9,500 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals — and more than 6,000 had died. Medical teams from the Army and Navy have deployed to help hospitals under stress. 

U.S Army critical care nurses 1st Lt. Charles Gilcrist and 1st Lt. Lauryn Hudgins from Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 work to provide medical care to a COVID-19 patient alongside Baptist Hospital medical staff in San Antonio, July 10, 2020.
Luis A. Deya | U.S. Army

As Bexar County’s coronavirus caseload continues its rapid ascent, Army medical and support personnel are arriving in San Antonio to assist five local hospitals.

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help some vets and spouses pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care. But the application process is often long and complicated.


In partnership with UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio ISD is opening a new career-themed high school for students interested in the medical field. 

Jesse K. Alwin / United States Marine Corp.

There’s no denying it: Texas is facing a shortage of physicians just as the state’s population ages, and an influx of retirees relocate to Texas.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers and the medical community are trying to figure out a solution to the growing problem.

Carson Frame / TPR News

This past spring, commanders at the Army health system's flagship Brooke Army Medical Center shut down operating rooms and curtailed elective surgeries due to a shortage of sterile equipment. They've since taken steps to fix the problem.