The New York State Dental Foundation was proud to help match a veteran in need of dental care with a NYSDA dentist, who volunteered his time and expertise to restore oral health. The Foundation did this via a partnership it has established with Everyone for Veterans (E4V), a service organization which seeks to provide dental care to combat veterans (and their spouses) who are having a tough time transitioning back home.
E4V screens low-income veterans who were deployed to combat or imminent danger areas, and then contacts dentists to find out if they will provide comprehensive care to qualified veterans. Most states have some programs for veterans, but there may be limitations in terms of age, location or sliding scale fees that are still unaffordable. E4V hopes to complement existing programs and, in the process, increase volunteerism.
E4V founder Dr. Theresa Cheng, who recently was awarded the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award for her outreach efforts, is thankful for the Foundation’s involvement. “E4V needs more dentists to help veterans in New York State,” she explains. “The Foundation’s ability to connect our veterans with NYSDA dentists for the care they need is enormously helpful, and is a win-win for everybody.”
NYSDF Executive Director Laura Clark Stedman notes that the Foundation Board and staff are only too happy to do whatever possible to give back to our country’s veterans: “As with NYS Veterans Smile, E4V gives dentists a manageable way to volunteer, as each participant is assigned only one veteran, who can be accommodated within the dentist’s office and schedule.”
The ultimate goal of E4V is to provide treatment to restore health and establish adequate function and esthetics. To volunteer, or for more information, go to https://www.everyoneforveterans.org/dentists.html