How to Get Affordable Dental Care for Veterans


dental care for veterans

Did you know that the armistice that unofficially ended World War I was declared on the 11 hour of the 11 day of November 1918?

That’s why we honor our military veterans on November 11. Unless, of course, the holiday lands on a Sunday. Then, we observe Veterans Day the following day, like this year, on November 12.

The Veterans Health Administration (VA) is often the go-to resource for veterans to get the medical care they need, but while they provide minor emergency work, dental care is largely overlooked. Many veterans don’t even qualify to receive the kind of corrective dental care that they need.

To help cover these gaps, many dentists offer pro bono dental work on Veterans Day to needy patients.

There are also assistance groups and societies that help veterans pay for the dental work they need, such as the Air Force Aid Society, the Army Emergency Relief, Operation Family Fund, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief.

Veterans can also check out dental schools in their area. The majority of these dental schools operate free clinics where dentistry students undertake restorative and emergency work under the supervision of practicing dentists.

Another affordable option is Discount Dental Plans. Discount Dental Plans are a low-cost alternative to dental insurance that can help you save 10% to 60% on most dental care procedures.

Do you know a veteran who is struggling to get dental care? Share with us in the comments below.



  1. Theresa Robledo · October 22, 2015

    My husband is in serious need of dental care. He is a Combat Veteran (Korean War) with a PURPLE HEART and a BRONZE STAR among many more. And yet, the V.A. says he does not qualify for routine dental care. His other health care provider, Blue Shield 65+ does not provide it either. They offer dental care but we would have to pay a monthly fee for it,
    Our number is 310-559-4627 and my cell number is 310-365-8550.
    His name is Longino Robledo. He is 87 years old.
    Thank you so much!

  2. john shafer · March 9, 2016

    Marine Corps Vet needing dental work (60 percent). (crown). With Insurance still costs $600. With three kids just dont have thos kind of funds. I have pulled out a piece myself that has become dislodged. Just need a litle help patching me up so i can keep giving my family everything the deserve

  3. Kimberly l morley · May 7, 2016

    My husband is in need of dentures. They pulled his teeth related to cardiac issues. He recdi8 zero income. I receive SS disabiliy.. our yearly income is approximately $20,000. Is there any program to assist him? He is Navy veteran with VA enrollment

  4. edwin · May 22, 2016

    Navy reservist unable to pay dental costs to get crowns and fillings done. In desperate need-dental insurance only covers exams and cleaning- already owe over $900 for deep cleaning gums to remove infection. Please help

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