Aspen Dental offers free dental care to veterans

Aspen Dental offers free dental care...

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Many veterans don't have dental insurance, even if they're enrolled for Veterans Affairs health benefits, but on Saturday, area veterans got the dental care they need free of charge.

Aspen Dental practices nationwide provided free dental care for thousands of veterans, including fillings, extractions and exams, as part of a one-day service initiative.

In Onalaska, 20 veterans were scheduled for procedures Saturday. Assistant office manager Allison Warnecke says they would try to take walk-ins as well.

"They appreciate just being recognized that they're needing that treatment out there, so they like to come in and they like to tell us their stories and make us laugh," she said.

"Well, it's great,” World War II veteran William Chase said of the initiative.

This is the fourth year of the initiative, which has helped more than 12,000 patients in the past three years across the country.

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