VFW Recognized Local Dentist for his Assistance to Veteran

One night at our bi-weekly Lions Club dinner meeting I was approached by Lion Doug Johnson a 95-year-old WWII Torpedo Maintenance Veteran. Lion Johnson knew that I am a member of the Patrick Henry Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter as well as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4639 here in Williamsburg. He asked me if there was anything I could do to assist his son Dennis Johnson (Also a veteran and also a Torpedo Specialist in the Navy) by possibly obtaining some dental work for his son from the Veterans Administration. After some research I discovered that the only way that a Disabled Veteran could receive dental work is to be 100 percent disabled. His Son is rated as 30 percent.

I asked Lion Johnson to obtain an estimate on how much it would cost to have the five (5) teeth pulled and he said that he would. I was thinking that I might be able to obtain funding from the Local DAV and VFW. Dennis went to his dentist and was provided with a note stating why the five teeth had to be pulled spent $35 dollars for the memo which did not state in it anywhere how much it would cost.

I went to my Dentist Dr John H Speegle of Lifetime Family Dental here is Williamsburg, explained to him What Lion D Johnson asked me to do, explained their limited income (both living on Social Security) and showed him the letter. Dr Speegle read the letter, then asked me, "does Dennis have any other physical problems" and I assured him the other than the dental issue Dennis was as healthy as a horse. Without another thought Dr Speegle called his scheduler into his office and had her make an appointment for Dennis Johnson to come in for him to take a look.

Dr Speegle did not give me an estimate either, no he removed all five of Dennis' teeth, and also went beyond what was asked, he also fitted Dennis for dentures. All this was done at no cost to Dennis, the DAV or the VFW. It has been almost 10 months since I spoke to Dr H Speegle about Veteran Dennis Johnsons need for dental work. Today, Dennis has a complete set of dentures and is extremely proud of his smile. Because of his new dentures he has been given a major boost to his self-confidence and self-esteem. Over the holidays he said he was proud when his daughter came to visit and his had he brand new smile for her.

Dr Speedle's support for this veteran need is deeply appreciated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and his willingness to go beyond what was asked is just the way Dr Speegle manages his practice. I am proud to call Dr Speegle my dentist.

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