Mobile office offering free dental care for veterans

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A mobile dental office has rolled into North Charleston.

Aspen Dental's Mouth Mobile will provide free dental care to veterans until 3 p.m. Tuesday. The mobile unit will be stationed at North Charleston City Hall on City Hall Lane.

This is the first of two stops in South Carolina, and former Marine Kym Harrington is taking advantage.

"Income is an issue right now because my husband is going through treatment at MUSC for leukemia," Harrington, who recently re-located to Charleston, said. "Money's tight so this is a really wonderful benefit they're giving us."

Aspen Dental's annual MouthMobile tour is part of its Healthy Mouth Movement. Nearly 7,000 volunteers have helped more than 12,000 veterans in need by providing them with free dental care, according to a news release.

"The need for free dental care in the veteran community is astounding," a representative says. "The VA only covers dental care for veterans who are 100 percent disabled or have a direct injury to their mouth."

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, veterans may also qualify for full dental care benefits if a former prisoner of war, are an enrolled homeless veteran or have "a dental condition clinically determined by VA to be associated with and aggravating a service-connected medical condition."

A spokesperson for the Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center in Charleston said veterans' benefits are established by Congress, and staff does "everything in our power to care for as many veterans as we can within the constraints of law and current regulation."

According to clinic organizers, the clinic is almost at capacity for appointments for Tuesday. Please call Military Community Connections to coordinate appointments at (843) 536-8683.

The next S.C. stop is Thursday in Myrtle Beach.

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