DENTAL CARE FOR VETERANS IN NEED
Returning combat veterans may be in need of dental care and it can take up to six months for their VA benefit to activate. If a veteran had work started while deployed or has an emergency dental need, the VMLC will cover that work. VMLC is also providing financial support for dental care for Homeless Veterans.
Urgent Dental Need with Homeless Veterans
Dental health care is a serious issue for homeless veterans. Lack of needed dental care causes pain and suffering, infections, poor health, increased low self-esteem, and interferes with our veterans' ability to seek and maintain employment and educational opportunities and decreases social interaction. At Central Arizona Shelter Service (CASS) there are 43 beds reserved for veterans, where VMLC has served about 800 veterans with dental needs, per fiscal year, since 2009.
How the VMLC Helps
An example of the VMLC effort to help veterans in need of dental care was our response to a request by CASS with a grant of $40,000. The VMLC grant made it possible for CASS to provide dental care for veterans who were on their waiting list.