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PFC David Foster
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I need so much dental work; I have been putting it off for years before I get started lol.
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SSG Laureano Pabon
SSG Laureano Pabon
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Brother, I been putting it off for a very long time, I got lucky though, some one in the VA offered me a way to get my teeth fixed. I live in NYC, my Doctor at the VA did something about it. I don't qualify for dental with the VA, but someone called me from the VA and offered me to go to NYU Dental to get all my teeth's fixed and the VA will pay for it. I agreed, Right now, I lost all my teeth's and will be getting new ones soon. This cost the VA over 3K dollars. I don't think this will happen to every VA medical center but it happened in my area. I will tell you , it is very difficult to eat without no teeth's. I would share more on this but my words to you is that its expensive and do take care of your teeth's.
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LTC David Brown
LTC David Brown
1 mo
Dental health should be a priority. Bacterial infections can instigate heart infections, vascular infections etc.
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Maj Gail Lofdahl
Maj Gail Lofdahl
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LTC David Brown - Just buried my cousin, who'd neglected his dental work for years. He got a bacterial bloodstream infection that damaged his heart valve; the surgeon wouldn't even operate until he'd had 7 teeth pulled. That was February. Even though he had a heart valve replacement, he died of a heart attack on November 5. All because he didn't get regular dental care because it "cost too much." What's the point of saving money if you won't be alive to spend it?
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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@ Delta Dental: Fortunately my teeth don't hurt.
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LCpl Todd Wilson
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Over two years ago, I wrote two letters to the President Donald J.Trump, begging for options for full dental care for veterans who do not have a 100% rating, mine is at 40%. There was two plans that were mentioned by a White House staffer and out of the two, Delta was the one that I would pick if I could afford it.
Ok, lets say for a moment that I could afford it. Delta requires me to pay for one full year before I ever get to see my first dentist. Then out of all the stubs I have what is left for my teeth, they can only remove three of those a year in order to make way for dentures or implants. Give my age of 59, I would be between 80-82 years old before I could ever attempt to eat a Santa Fe salad. BTW, a total injured veteran like myself on a 40% VA Disability rating, my monthly income is $746, which I use to put a roof over my head for me, my wife and my son. Why can’t Delta Dental come up with a true dental plan for veterans? Did you know that the VA Clinic that I go to here in Honolulu doesn’t dentists, my PCP referred me for dental three times because it’s effecting my health and it goes nowhere. Illegal aliens cross the US Border just last week now have full dental care benefits but those of us born, raised, and served our country get nothing! How can this even be possible?
Delta Dental, I’m sure you’re a good company but think about this, over 70% of the homeless men on the streets of America are US military veterans who have zero dental care benefits and no employer will ever hire a veteran who is missing all their teeth and just have stubs left like me. You need a program for veterans!
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PFC Anna Walls
PFC Anna Walls
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I was so thrilled when Trump signed that executive order, but nothing has come from that I guess. My husband and I are in pretty much the same boat.
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LCpl Todd Wilson
LCpl Todd Wilson
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PFC Anna Walls Merry Christmas Anna!
I remember the excitement we all felt back in March of 2020 when President Trump signed that Dental Care Bill, which hasn’t helped a single veterans since the bill was signed by then President Donald J. Trump.

https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/free-or-cheaper-veteran-dental-care-through-proposed-program

My PCP doctor, Dr. Sean Berry at Tripler Army Medical Center here in Honolulu has tried three times to set up a dental appointment for me because it is effecting my overall heath and each time, my appointments were cancelled by the VA.
So no matter how hard I try and my PCP doctor tries to set up a dental care appointment for me, it always gets cancelled without a single dentist to evaluate my dental health here at Tripler.
You can maybe understand a homeless person doing a life of drugs and living on the mean streets of Honolulu (Joking, of course) of losing all their teeth but we’re talking about thousands of ordinary military veterans who end up living on the mean streets of America because no employer is willing to hire a veteran who could possibly raise the insurance rates for their long term employees.
Anna, I wish you and your husband a very Merry Christmas. I lost two more teeth just this past week while eating a soft raisin cookie that was given to me after we finished our Winter Field Day at the Hawaii Kai Boat ramp where my Amateur radio club holds it every year just before Christmas instead of the EARC Club meeting, in which I’m the net controller for their Monday night nets.
The massive loss of teeth over time has become to effect my speech and I now whistle when I talk, which I no longer have control over anymore.
What’s bad is the fact that I’ve had dentist cancel my dental appointments after I’ve told them my dental situation during their Covid pre-screenings.
It’s more important now than ever for the VA Healthcare System to start treating all veterans, regardless of VA ratings, to start serving the dental care needs of all of our military veterans.
As long as veterans keep replying to this thread, the more I will post my experiences and the VA’s lack of care to our military veterans. Mahalo!
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