The Good News: Arkansas Vet Receives Free Dental Work on Veterans Day [VIDEO]
On Veteran's Day, William Bell had a dentist appointment. He was expecting the worst, but received a pleasant surprise that brought him to tears.
Add this to the list of "Things I didn't know, but disgust me": vets have to be 100% disabled to receive dental care through the VA, which is hard to qualify for. Bell served five tours in the Army, and said that he neglected taking care of his teeth. He needed over a dozen teeth pulled, and new ones put in place. A price tag for that can be more than $5,000, which he doesn't have available right now.
"I'm probably the luckiest man in the world right now," said Bell through tears.
The dental work was covered as part of Aspen Dental's Healthy Mouth Movement, where they provide free dental work to veterans. And it helps that the dentist, Dr. Eric Sharks, is a fellow veteran.
It goes without saying that, if we can spend trillions of dollars on wars, we can afford to take care of our soldiers when they come home. But until that comes to fruition, at least there are businesses taking care of our veterans.