Joint Base Charleston gears up for more Puerto Rico relief; military ship to deliver 11,000 tons of aid.

LOADING Puerto Rico

11,000 tons of humanitarian aid. Members of the 841st Transportation Battalion and local longshoremen teamed up at the Naval Weapons Station to load the military ship USNS Brittin with trucks, trailers and other items needed for the humanitarian relief effort. Read more at http://www.postandcourier.com/news/joint-base-charleston-gears-up-for-more-puerto-rico-relief/article_80623a8e-c951-11e7-8e94-338ff1b4ad7f.html

After Hurricane, Signs of a Mental Health Crisis Haunt Puerto Rico.

“Many Puerto Ricans are reporting intense feelings of anxiety and depression for the first time in their lives. Some are paranoid that a disaster will strike again. And people who had mental illnesses before the storm, and who have been cut off from therapy and medication, have seen their conditions deteriorate.”  Puerto Rico was already struggling with an increase in mental illness amid a 10-year recession that brought soaring unemployment, poverty and family separation caused by emigration. Public health officials and caregivers say that Maria has exacerbated the problem. Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-mental-health.html

Tens of thousands of veterans in Puerto Ricans struggle with PTSD symptoms triggered by the storm, and in many cases, an urgent need for medical attention. 

A month and a half after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, 83 percent of the island’s residents now have access to clean water, while over half of the island’s residents are still without power.  Puerto Rico is home to tens of thousands of veterans. Many of those veterans are experiencing PTSD as a result of the severe conditions of the storm. After the island’s infrastructure was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria, Veterans Affairs workers are fighting to get their patients the care they need. Jay Price, a reporter covering the military for WUNC, has the story. This segment is hosted by Todd Zwillich. This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans Click on the ‘Listen’ button to hear this interview.  Read more at http://www.wnyc.org/story/puerto-rican-veterans-struggle-wake-hurricane-maria/

Puerto Rican military community feels forgotten weeks after devastating hurricane.

For service members, veterans, and their families living in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has been catastrophic. Jeffrey Yee, an Iraq War veteran who served eight years as an infantryman in the Army, relocated his family to Anasco, Puerto Rico in July 2017. He was on the mainland before the hurricane hit and was able to get a seat on the last United Airlines flight into San Juan, only to have it turned around. With his wife and 13-year-old son still on the island, Yee could do nothing but wait for word. In the storm’s aftermath, internet and cell phone signals were down all over Puerto Rico, and Yee spent a harrowing week trying to get a flight back to the island. Eventually, he was able to talk his way onto a humanitarian aid flight from Miami. He still had no idea what was happening at home. http://militaryoneclick.com/puerto-rican-military-community-feels-forgotten-weeks-after-devastating-hurricane/

Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Guayama and Cayey.

Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Guayama and Cayey. Both centers are open 7 days per week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET). Representatives are available at these centers to help survivors register for assistance, answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available.  CAYEY, Centro de Recuperación por Desastre AHORA ABIERTO en:
Estadio Municipal Pedro Montañez
PR- 14 Calle Matías Soto, Cayey.
7 días a la semana
7AM-7PM

These universities are paying it forward to students impacted by the hurricane.

More than a month has passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In that time, the island has barely moved an inch toward recovery. As the federal government lags in relief efforts, 25 percent is still without potable water and 75 percent doesn’t have electricity. The lack of resources has affected every part of life on the island, with doctors reportedly performing surgery by cellphone light. As the situation remains dire, Puerto Ricans are making the difficult decision to either stay on the island or start over on the mainland. Before Maria struck the island, boricuas were already leaving in large numbers due to the financial crisis and lack of job opportunities. Read more at

Universities Are Offering Free and Reduced Tuition to Students Affected by Hurricane Maria