Veterans who can’t afford to make regular trips to the dentist may now have an alternative option.
Lawrence Dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas and Military Veteran Project, a military nonprofit , have teamed up and will have be offering free cleanings and dental work to veterans in the local community.
The dental clinic free cleaning, consultation and extensive needed dental care.
“When you think about it, often times veterans don’t have the basic services, including dental care,” said Melissa Jarboe, Founder of the Military Veteran Project.
Not all veterans qualify for dental care at the VA, Jarboe said, so this provides an opportunity for them to receive the care they need.
Lawrence Dentistry reached out to the Military Veteran Project earlier this year in an effort to assist veterans who needed dental care but typically who normally couldn't get it.
Dr. Les Miller being a veteran himself serving the U.S. Air Force has a commitment to serving the community in which he works and giving back to veterans in need of dental care.
“We see a huge disparity in dental care in a lot of Americans but really in the veteran community.” Jarboe said.
Beginning June 17 Lawrence Dentistry will volunteer their time and services to treat veterans for a day with free dental care and education.
"Military Veteran Project wants veterans to come back from war or service and be great, effective pillars of the community,” Jarboe said. “There can be a variety of services and needs our veterans need to receive but may not have access to, that is where people like Dr. Miller and his team are instrumental in filling that need."
For those who aren’t dentists but still want to contribute to the program, please click here.
If you are a veteran and want to register for services visit here.
“Giving them a new smile … a whole new world opens up for them,” Jarboe said.
Dates of Service:
June 17: Lawrence, KS
Appointments are filled in advance with support from local veterans organizations. To learn more about the initiative , visit http://www.militaryveteranproject.org/free-dental-care-for-veterans.html
Read more about the Military Veteran Project here.