Denver, Colo. – June 23, 2016 Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) and The Kaufman Fund will launch a pilot project in St Louis, Mo. to provide much needed dental care to veterans. The pilot program is designed to help 50 veterans who are disabled or elderly or medically fragile and with serious dental problems. The project includes recruiting an additional 30 dentists in the St. Louis area who will donate the treatment.
For veterans to qualify for full VA dental benefits, they must have a 100 percent service connected disability, have been a prisoner of war or have developed a dental condition during their service. A working group was established to help the many low income, elderly veterans who don’t meet these criteria and badly need dental treatment.
The group is made up of representatives from The Kaufman Fund, volunteer dentists, dental school faculty, and DLN to address bringing much needed dental care to veterans. The goal is to improve veterans’ dental needs and prevent major health issues.
“This working group is critical in addressing veterans’ dental needs in St. Louis, and across the country,” said Wayne Kaufman, president of The Kaufman Fund. “Providing dental care to veterans in need is essential to helping them find jobs, stay healthy and improve their quality of life.”
“We’ve been serving veterans for many years, but this important pilot program will explore how we can adapt our services to address their specific needs,” said Fred Leviton, president Dental Lifeline Network. “Many veterans who are elderly or disabled across the country desperately need dental care, and we hope to expand our programs to better serve them.”
Donated Dental Services (DDS), a program of DLN, has been helping bring veterans comprehensive dental care for more than 30 years. Last year, volunteer dentists provided $1.7 million in donated treatment to 418 veterans. There are currently 319 veterans receiving DDS services nationwide and over 200 waiting for treatment across the country.
For information to become a volunteer dentist or laboratory or to make a donation, please visit DentalLifeline.org or call 888-471-6334.
Dental Lifeline Network is a nonprofit, humanitarian program and charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
The Kaufman Fund supports veterans and children in the St. Louis. Mo. region who are at risk of abuse or poverty, needing food, shelter, clothing, medical care and basic needs. For more information about The Kaufman Fund, please visit TheKaufmanFund.org.
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