IU School of Dentistry helping veterans, one smile at a time

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind-- As we celebrate Veterans Day, we must also address veteran’s issues.

One of the problems that veterans continue to face is unemployment. A recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics says about 6,000 veterans in Indiana alone are unemployed.

The Indiana University School of Dentistry says they want to help.

Many veterans face oral health issues that can get in the way of their employment.

With the help of the Hoosier Veteran’s Assistance Foundation and Delta Dental, the IU School of Dentistry is working to fix that problem. Their veteran employability program allows free dental care to veterans who need it the most, as long as they meet qualifications.

The program allows them to fix any dental problems and provide a boost of confidence that can make all the difference in a job search.

So far this year, students have given tens of thousands of dollars in dental procedures to 71 veterans for no cost.

“Just the smiles on their faces—like with my patient we replaced all of his teeth and just to see him give a big huge smile with a full set of teeth is the most rewarding thing ever,”  said student Erin Seely.

The veteran employability program runs entirely on donations mostly through the help of Delta Dental foundation. To learn how to help, click here.