VETERANS SMILE INITIATIVE
Established nationally by the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership, the Veterans Smile Initiative is a progam in which dentists screen and treat veterans in their office on a designated day or days on/or coinciding with Veterans Day (11/11). It's a great way for the dental profession to give back to our nation's veterans, by helping to alleviate the problem that many of them experience in accessing treatment.
This year, the Foundation is helping volunteer organizations wishing to treat to our veterans as part of 2019 NYS Veterans Smile by providing grants.
Many people don’t realize it, but our veterans do not receive dental care benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, unless they are 100 percent disabled or have service-related injuries to their mouths.
To qualify for consideration, submit an application, to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your planned veterans’ dental initiative; its date and location; what services will be provided; how many volunteer dentists and auxiliaries will participate; how many veterans you anticipated treating; event budget, amount of Foundation funding requested, and, if applicable, other funding sources; and what veterans group in your area (e.g., VFW, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans) can help spread the word and find patients who need our help. If appropriate, a letter of support from a local public health organization or veterans organization should be included with the application.
The Foundation Board will consider all properly completed applications and make funding decisions.
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