Benefit Category: Nevada
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Locally, thousands of low-income veterans suffer every day from extreme oral decay. They endure years of severe pain from abscesses, multiple deteriorated teeth and more.
Why 95% of our veterans can’t use the VA Dental Clinic
Around 56,000 veterans are enrolled in the Reno VA Hospital. But only an estimated 5% of them qualify for dental care. Because to qualify for the VA Dental Clinic, veterans must be:
Disabled (100% service connected)
Injured in the jaw or mouth while in service
Been a prisoner of war
This means a shocking 95% of our veterans can’t receive services through their VA Dental Clinic. As a low-income veteran, AAVD becomes their only hope.
What happens if they don’t get help?
Their need is critical. As their oral decay remains untreated, many veterans endure:
- Failing overall health as the growing bacteria and inflammation infect their bodies
- Malnutrition from their inability to chew food
- Depression from the chronic pain or low self-esteem
- Worsening of symptoms from current chronic health issues
- Remaining unemployed because of their appearance and/or constant pain
Many of these veterans do not have a family or support system. So they rely on their community – people like you – for help.
What we do
Adopt a Vet Dental Program (AAVD) identifies and qualifies each case, then seeks appropriate dental care for the qualified veteran. All dental services are provided pro bono to qualifying veterans. This is only possible because of the extensive services donated by volunteer dentists. And the labs who help subsidize or completely cover the lab expenses associated with each veteran’s treatment.
Who qualifies for AAVD assistance
To participate in the AAVD program, you must
- Be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines
- Enrolled with the VA
- Under the care of a primary care physician in the VA
- Following healthcare requirements from your physician
- A full-time Nevada resident
- Clean and sober for 1 year
- Served in the military for a minimum of 1 year
- Provide proof of income and assets, which may include:
- All forms of social security
- Available bank account or investment account statements to include all forms of income and assets
- Most recent tax return
Veterans are asked for a minimal commitment investment
To get started, you may contact Adopt a Vet Dental, below:
Jim Snyder, Veteran Advocate
775.470.8707 Ext. 1
Charlotte Worthley, Community Dental Manager
775.470.8707 Ext. 2
Heather Borkowski, Dental Clinic Manager
775.470.8707 Ext. 3
Penny Babe, Project Assistant & Women’s Outreach
775.409.8707 Ext. 4
Linda Haigh, Founder and Director
775.470.8707 Ext. 5
1301 Cordone Ave. Suite 100. Reno, NV 89502
Hours Mon-Thurs, 9am – 3pm.
By appointment only