Friends, family, strangers, Dr. Horne and his staff I absolutely cannot express the elation of being able to eat, sleep and smile without pain or embarrassment. All of you came together and made a seriously positive impact on my quality of life in so many ways. I could never begin to properly thank you for your kindness, it's absolutely priceless and made me cry like a big ol' baby. I do however promise to pass on your good will towards others whenever I am able to do so, however I can. To everyone who made this possible thank you, thank you so very much.
I left the below article up just in case any passers by might want to read it.
"These are vets with bad teeth and little money." "” Byron Harris, WFAA-TV
Mystery surrounds Iraq war vets with severe tooth decay
By Rob Goszkowski, Associate Editor
April 3, 2013 -- A Dallas-based investigative reporter has been working to find the source of oral health problems plaguing a number of U.S. soldiers returning from the war in Iraq.
While the soldiers that Byron Harris of WFAA News 8 interviewed for a recent story all went to Iraq with healthy mouths, they returned with teeth that turned gray in color, became weak, and ultimately broke. One soldier described the experience as more painful and debilitating than when his back and multiple limbs were injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device.
To make matters worse, unless a soldier is 100% disabled, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not cover the cost of dental care, according to Harris. In addition, the VA does not keep statistical information about chronic dental problems among Iraq veterans, he noted. Another challenge: "They're supposed to give you an exit dental checkup from the army -- none of these guys got them," Harris said.
But after his story about the veterans aired on WFAA News 8, Harris has managed to connect some of them with dentists who are providing free treatment. And he continues to work to unravel the cause of their issues.
"These are vets with bad teeth and little money. They are outliers in the VA system, which doesn't pay [for] dental [care]. Clearly, there are victims out there that are crying for help," Harris told DrBicuspid.com. "But the source of their trouble is a mystery."
Byron Harris is an investigative reporter with WFAA-TV in Dallas.
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