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Army Reserve Soldier shares experience supporting mental health needs of federal COVID response in Texas

 

Last updated 9/30/2020 at 11:41am

Courtesy Photo / Army Reserve Medical Command

Capt. Eric Wilkins, an Army Reserve psychiatric nurse from Colorado Springs, departs DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas. Wilkins mobilized in late July with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7452 to Edinburg to support DHR Health as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, provides flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.

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"This was a great mission of mercy and humanity," reflected Capt. Eric Wilkins. "I will take things I learned from this with me throughout my life."

An Army Reserve psychiatric nurse from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wilkins was one of 85 Soldiers assigned to Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7452 that mobilized to south Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to COVID-19.

In total, U.S. Northern Command has assigned approximately 590 military medical and support personnel from the U.S. Army and...



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