Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

San Antonio Congressmen Call on Pentagon to Let BAMC Treat COVID-19 Patients 

click to enlarge U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno pins a Purple Heart Medal on a wounded soldier at Brooke Army Medical Center in this 2011 image. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / STAFF SGT. TEDDY WADE
  • Wikimedia Commons / Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno pins a Purple Heart Medal on a wounded soldier at Brooke Army Medical Center in this 2011 image.
U.S. Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro have joined a chorus of local leaders calling on Brooke Army Medical Center to help handle the San Antonio area's growing coronavirus crisis.

Even though BAMC has treated non-military trauma patients for decades, the medical facility at Fort Sam Houston won't treat civilians with COVID-19 unless they’re military dependents or retirees. Local leaders including Mayor Ron Nirenberg have asked military leaders to change the policy.

“Military City U.S.A. has always stepped up to assist fellow Americans. Now the frontlines are right here. We are urging the Pentagon to permit San Antonians in uniform to serve their own neighbors," Doggett and Castro said in a joint statement. "We join our local and regional leaders in strongly urging the Department of Defense to swiftly allow Brooke Army Medical Center to treat COVID-19 patients, as our other hospitals dangerously approach capacity."

The two Democratic congressmen are urging the Pentagon to open up BAMC to local COVID-19 patients at the same time as medical personnel from other military bases travel to San Antonio to help in its overburdened hospitals.

"In March, BAMC personnel were dispatched to New York City to aid COVID efforts there, and right now the need is here," Castro and Doggett continued. "BAMC is a world-class care center, yet their hands are tied from performing live-saving work. Defense Secretary [Mark] Esper should promptly approve our request to save San Antonian lives."

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation