WE CARE: Go Ahead & Smile

Through our “WE CARE: Go Ahead & Smile” outreach efforts, doctors and staff provide free dental care to patients in need. Learn more about the incredible stories of patients whose lives have been positively impacted by the gift of a smile.

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San Angelo, Texas

U.S. Army Veteran Bruce Allred, of San Angelo, Texas, went into the service to become a mechanic and ended up training for and becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. He served off an aircraft carrier in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, helping to evacuate troops near the end of the Vietnam War. “We saved a lot of lives during those trips but there are a bunch of names on that big black wall who I know,” shares Bruce, as he references the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Greenwood, SC

veteran with doctor

More than 40 years ago, U.S. Army Veteran William Thomas, of Ninety Six, South Carolina, injured his mouth in a basic training accident. “After that, my gums deteriorated and I lost my teeth,” he explains. “I have been without my teeth for quite awhile.” William, who served from 1975 to 2006 and does not qualify for full VA dental benefits, says, “It’s been awhile since I smiled, and I don’t visit my friends because when I talk, people look at my gums and I don’t like showing my gums.”

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Bluff City, TN

After arriving on the front lines of Vietnam in 1970, U.S. Army Veteran Dayton Stout was wounded twice in the same battle. “I was out for about a month, and they sent me back into the jungle to fight,” shares Dayton, who is a Combat Wounded Veteran of the Vietnam War after serving from 1970 to 1972. “When I first came back from Vietnam, garbage and rotten vegetables were thrown at me by protesters and that just stuck with me.” He adds, “That response broke my heart. I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t think I’d be turned against by my own people.”

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Pell City, AL

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Bryan McClendon lost his two front teeth at the age of 15. “I joined the Marine Corps at 17, and I’ve had partial dentures, but they broke several times in the military,” he shares.

Bryan, who served from 1985 to 1993, including a deployment in Operation Desert Storm, adds, “I don’t smile a lot, and when I do, I’ve learned to adjust – that’s our motto in the Marine Corps: adapt and overcome.”