Many U.S. veterans don’t qualify for dental benefits through the Veterans Administration. The V.A. only covers those who are 100% disabled, have a service-related mouth injury, or were a prisoner of war.
Aspen Dental teams are helping out by volunteering their time one day out of the year to help veterans. The practices have donated more than 10 million dollars of dentistry to over 17 thousand veterans through this day of service. Many veterans expressed their gratitude for the dental care, especially those who have had anxiety visiting dentists in the past.
“Now that it’s all coming to a head, it’s getting expensive, because of a lack of care in the past,” says Fred Leeper, Navy Veteran.
“I told the dentist I was kind of disappointed when he got done because he didn’t cause me any pain and I expected to have a little pain and there wasn’t any,” jokes Gary Knudtson, Army Veteran.
As an extra thank you, the Minot Aspen Dental will provide dental care to two veterans-in-need for the rest of the year.