Commentary: “The Flying Doctors” in the Morongo Basin tomorrow, serving the poor with dental- medical need

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Updated 4-13-19: The Flying Doctor team will serve the underserved population in our area tomorrow, April 13, 2019, at Copper Mountain College, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lineup begins very early at 6 a.m. They are scheduled to provide dental and medical services. It is recommended people come early.

 The Morongo Basin — like Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala —  has an underserved population of human beings who are not getting the required medical or dental needs to help them survive with dignity.

Los Médicos Voladores, Spanish for “The Flying Doctors”, it’s an all-volunteer based, non-religious, non-profit 501c3 organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of geographically diverse people.

The Flying Doctors teams of physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, hygienists, pilots, interpreters and general volunteers travel to remote areas of Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala and the Morongo Basin to help with the medical needs of an area’s  most economic depressed people.

Please come early because some services are limited to the first numbers of those in need of dental and free prescription glasses. 

FWIW according to US Census (EMPLOYMENT STATUS 2013-2017) Twentynine Palms has a 22.8% poverty rate, while Yucca Valley has 21.2% poverty rate

It’s alarming to note that among youth of from 16 to 19 years — the unemployment rate is 56.3% with a margin of error plus or minus 3.6%.

It is troubling to understand how the homeless in our area survived the winter. And it is interesting to note that helping those in poverty is an important issue with the people who live here.  Our area is populated with giving and concerned people.

Counterwise to that are the rotating local elected officials whom just do not do enough for our impoverished, unemployed or HOMELESS population (including homeless youth).

Rotating councilmembers in our area follow the status quo windtalkers to first help, enhance and assist commerce, growth, tourism — as well as tens of millions poured over  Project Phoenix I and II for professional services that resulted in zero things being build and zero results.

So much so that The FLying Doctors are making another trip to our area to help those whom are least able to help themselves.

In our area, nonprofits with a mission statement to help the needy — along with the many churches and others in our area — are hard at work helping people.

Yet S.B. County, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms councils continue with their trepidation to get involved in a substantial and direct manner by investing in those most in need.

Footnote: I spend the day in Los Angeles yesterday on business and for a medical situation. While there I visited downtown Los Angles skid row. It has changed since I lived in L.A. People shooting up, seemingly nearly brain-dead people, sidewalks filled with homesteading tents and broken people taking over the streets.  What choices have they? We see filth, poverty and human suffering on a deplorable scale. I felt like being I was touring parts of Yemen, Syria or even Somalia.  Some of these people are likely beyond help while others need a helping hand in the pursuit of happiness, housing, safety and dental and medical attention.  Homelessness is the dehumanization of humanity. We are talking about human beings, children, veterans, and Americans. Are we mirroring India’s untouchables? 

We have 800 military bases in more than 70 countries; by contrast, Britain, France and Russia, combined, have about 30 foreign bases.

How about a little war on homelessness.

By Branson Hunter
Photo attributions Los Médicos Voladores FaceBook pages.


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