DLN Helps WWII Veteran

Everett And Dr. CaryEverett answered the call to duty after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was among the soldiers, men and women who fought in World War II. Everett was one of the brave souls who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1942, D-Day. He was a corporal in the US Army and led three other soldiers driving a military vehicle off the landing ships. Everett went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge before returning home in January 1945.

Now, a Rhode Island resident, at 95 Everett keeps in shape by walking and enjoys an occasional meal at local restaurants. He hasn’t been able to enjoy a steak or many other foods for quite some time due to his dental issues.

Everett is not alone. In many cases, Veteran Administration benefits do not cover dental care and Medicaid provides little coverage in some states.  Everett lost his upper denture and had only a few broken teeth on the bottom. He was in need of a full set of dentures. Surviving on a limited Social Security benefit and a VA pension, Everett had no way to pay to restore his oral health.

Donated Dental Services (DDS) volunteer Dr. Stephen Cary extracted several of Everett’s teeth and fitted him for new dentures. Volunteer dental lab M. Miozza Dental Lab donated the materials to fabricate the dentures that he needed to help restore his oral health and confidence.

After the treatment was completed Everett’s son reached out to DDS stating, “The program that helps the elderly and veterans of WWII is one of a kind. My dad would have never experienced a full set of teeth again if it were not for this program and your kindness.”

Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a national program of Dental Lifeline Network and provides comprehensive dental treatment for individuals with disabilities, those who are elderly or medically fragile. The DDS program has come to the aid of 418 US Veterans during the fiscal year 2015-2016. Donated dental treatment to our country’s heroes has reached $1.7 million during the past year.

“It’s quite an honor for DLN to have the opportunity to help Everett and many other veterans,” said Matt McLaren, Rhode Island DDS Coordinator.

There are many more veterans like Everett on waitlists. Volunteers are needed across the country to help restore the dental health of many individuals. You can make a difference.

“I was under the belief that nothing of this sort could ever happen to me or anyone else, but now I’m a believer,” said Everett.