Military Connection

Military City USA

One in eight residents in the San Antonio region is tied to the military (250,000 veterans and 80,000 active-duty personnel).

San Antonio’s many military medical centers adds to the number and variety of clinical experiences available to students and graduates of all five UIW health professions schools:

  • Feik School of Pharmacy
  • Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • School of Physical Therapy

Military Eye Conditions

Active duty soldiers and veterans represent a diverse and complex patient population, and present with a range of eye care needs and challenges, many rarely seen in civilian patients. 

Combat environments pose extreme threats to eye health — ranging from dry eyes caused by environmental exposures to fragment injuries and polytrauma from severe traumatic brain injury caused by impact and explosions.

Military Optometry Clinical Experiences

Starting with second year clinical internships and extending through third-year rotations and fourth-year externships — you can gain experience working with active duty soldiers and veterans.

  • Brooke Army Medical Center (San Antonio, Texas)
    • BAMC Optometry Department
    • McWethy Troop Medical Optometry Clinic
  • Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital (San Antonio, Texas)
    • Polytrauma Unit
    • Eye Clinic

Military Optometry Residencies

Paid residencies are available in VA and Department of Defense hospitals for graduating civilian and active-duty military optometrists at such locations as:

  • Brooke Army Medical Center (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Doris Miller Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Waco, Texas)

Military City USA At-A-Glance

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) is largest joint base in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). San Antonio bases serve as a major hub for medical training, flight training, cyber operations, surveillance and military intelligence. JBSA is the largest single employer in San Antonio and is comprised of four primary locations:

  • JBSA-Randolph
  • Fort Sam Houston
  • Lackland Air Force Base

Military Medicine

Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)

  • Fort Sam Houston
  • 5 million-square-foot facility
  • State-of-the-art facility
  • Army's largest/busiest medical center
  • Army's largest in-patient hospital (425-beds)
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center.
  • 58-outpatient specialty clinics
  • 1 million annual patient visits

Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 462 Beds
  • Level II Research Facility
  • Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Comprehensive Emergency Center

The Army Medical Department Museum traces the U.S. Army's contributions to medicine and medical evacuation from 1775 to the present. The museum campus includes a military medicine reference and research facility and also augments the training of more than 36,000 military and civilian students each year.

Lackland Air Force Base provides basic military training for Air Force recruits and is the site of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center and Inter-American Air forces Academy for International students.