With medical lift technicians leaving the United States and many others choosing to return to Mexico, the US military is preparing to send more troops to the border to support the operation.
The United States, which has more than 8,300 medical lift trucks, will deploy 1,200 troops and up to 100 medical technicians from across the country as part of a $5.6 billion effort to help build and support a more robust, modern medical lift system for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department announced Monday.
The Department is also planning to deploy more medical lift vehicles to the Texas border.US troops will help build a medical lift network in Texas.
(US Army/Handout via AP)While many medical lift contractors, such as Hopkins, have made it clear that they will stay in Mexico, there have been some signs that some may have shifted their plans.
On Monday, two retired US Army Medical Corps medical lift personnel, one from the United Kingdom and one from Spain, wrote a letter to the Veterans Affairs inspector general, saying they had decided to stay.
They cited “the health and safety risks of moving back to the United Sates in 2017” and said they would “prefer a permanent and secure location.”