Dentists For Veterans Needs Your Help In Providing Veterans With Critically Needed Dental Care To Our Neglected Veterans
Bringing More Smiles to Veterans
Veterans have limited access to dental services; they deserve better. We must work together to ensure that all of our veterans have access to full health services, not only medical.
Most Veterans Do not KNow
Most Veterans do not know who to call and many of them are not covered under the VA benefits for the extensive work that they need.
Help Us Give the Power to Impact Veterans Future Health
There is a misconception that when veterans come home, they will have all their dental needs covered. Unfortunately, most of our brave veterans return home to discover that they do not qualify for any government coverage for dental services unless they are 100% disabled, a POW, or the dental issue is service related. Neglected dental needs cause unbearable pain, difficulty eating, and life threatening infections spreading from the mouth into the bloodstream. This problem is widespread and the treatment is underfunded.
Current federal funding for Veterans
There is no existing federal funding program for dental services.
WHO WE ARE
In 2011, renowned dentist and philanthropist, Charles Zahedi DDS, PhD, addressed this urgent need by founding Oral Disability Rescue, a non-profit composed of a small group of volunteer dentists and dental assistants who provided desperately needed dental care to impoverished and disabled veterans living in Southern California. The name has since changed to Dentists for Veterans, to better reflect the service and the target population. Since its inception, over $500,000 of dental services have been provided to veterans in need; eliminating pain and infection, while improving overall health and quality of life.