Smiles for Vets 2023 Success!

THANK YOU to all the volunteers and our amazing team who made our 10th Annual Free Dental Day a success! We were able to provide over $21,000 in FREE dental care to over 45  local veterans. WAY TO GO!!! 

On, Friday, September 8, 2023, our team and several local volunteers and businesses helped provide a fun and productive day of care for veterans in our community. It was a rewarding and humbling day. 

Smiles for VETS was started as a way to provide dental care for veterans who are not able to secure care from the out-of-town VA facilities. Over the years, we welcome back veterans that have come every year and new veteran patients with a smile, food, games,door prizes and quality dental care. 

First, I would like to thank my dental team: Rebecca, Katie, Tallie, Lynn, Delaney, Erica, Ryanne, Taylor, Jenn, Kourtney, Sherrie, Kara, Sheyenne, Brittany, Kimberly, Rachel and Sherry. They volunteer their time throughout the year to plan and skills on the day of the event to provide for the veterans. Thank you to Dr. Lauren Griebenow, Dr. Hannah White and Dr. J Jenkins. We also thank hygienists, Donna and Ashley from Dr. Jenkins office.

Thank you to the local businesses who provided food for the veterans and volunteers. These include the following: Harvey Hinklemeyers, Jimmy Johns, Half Moon, Cracker Barrell, Raab Kinetico Water, McDonald’s Alto Rd, Jack’s Donuts, McAlister’s, Coffee Junkiez-Pizza Junkiez. Thank you to the following businesses for the door prizes and supplies:  Lucky Lemon, IHOP, Expressions, Petco, PetSmart, Great Clips, Farm to Fork, Pizza Co., Fazoli’s, Frittata’s, Cone Palace, Coca-Cola, American Party Time, Howard Print Shop, Crew Car Wash, Barlow's Beard Shop, Patterson Dental (Mike Dodson), GC America (Tracy), Krush Nail Salon, Culver’s, Barker’s B & K, Indianapolis Colts, Indy Fuel, Heartland Vision.

Thank you to Project Access (Jill and Irma) for providing health screenings. Thank you to the Cindie Hudson and her student Kelby J. from Ross Dental Assisting School.  Thank you to Tri- Central student Elaynna Young. Thank you to the following volunteers: Rita Conner, Brad and Janine Bagwell, Tract Arnett and her son Macklen Beckman, Ivy Tech Dental Student Bre D. Thank you, David and Judy Cotterman, Kokomo Endodontics, Kewanna Metal Specialties for
your support. 

WE are very proud to help our local veterans and appreciate ALL the support from the community.

For more information about Smiles for VETS or how we continue our support of veterans throughout the year, check out our website at or call us at (765) 453-4369.  Our 11th Annual day of free dental care for veterans will be Friday, Sept 6, 2024. Mark your Calendars! 

Melissa A Jarrell, DDS 
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo


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