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Dental group provides free care for veterans

On Nov. 10, Collins Dental Group P.C. provided veterans and their immediate families with free dental exams and cleanings, as well as certain dental procedures, such as extractions and fillings. The practice saw nearly 100 patients and provided more than $23,000 worth of dental work that day.

Veterans of all ages and their families came out to take advantage of this event, the first of its kind for Collins Dental Group. Most veterans are provided with medical care programs once they return to the U.S., but dental care is sometimes not an option for them financially.

Collins Dental Group saw a need for dental care assistance in the local veteran community, and wanted to give back.

Vets were greeted by the local VFW post commander and regional recruitment officer, who explained some of the benefits available to them and invited them to enter into a drawing for a new American flag. Also available were donuts and bottled water provided by Collins Dental Group. Throughout the day, Dr. Dennis Collins and many of the staff came out to the waiting room to greet the veterans and their families and thank them for their service.

Twenty-five staffers, six hygienists and six doctors volunteered their time to work at the event.

“We feel it is important to be part of the social fabric of our community along with our patients,” Collins said in a news release. “All the dentists at Collins Dental Group live, work and play in our local communities.”

The practice also has a veteran on staff. Dr. Bryce Deter, a dentist, is a U.S. Navy veteran who has worked for the group for more than 20 years. Deter served five years in the Navy as a dental officer and reached the rank of lieutenant commander. He was stationed in California, Okinawa and Rhode Island.

Collins said the service of Deter and other veterans inspires him and the rest of the staff.

“We are all eager to give back to them by donating our time and resources in order to provide these veterans with dental care,” he said in the release.

Collins said he plans to make the free dentistry for veterans day an annual event.

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