robert_bentley.jpgHAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Low income residents of three areas in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt region will receive free medical care, dental exams and vision screenings over the next two weeks thanks to military Reservists and National Guard members from across the country.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, military officials and local government representatives kicked off the exercise Monday in a news conference at city hall in rural Hayneville. The care is also being provided in Demopolis and Selma.

The Delta Regional Authority is bringing the military medical personnel to Alabama's Black Belt. DRC co-chairman Chris Masingill said the purpose is to provide quality training for soldiers and medical care to poor communities.

Hayneville Mayor Helenor Bell said the care is needed in the tiny town where many residents don't have medical insurance.