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Navy veteran Dan Martell after dental treatment

“All of us need to realize how much these people sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” said Mark Lamberton, Smiles for Veterans Secretary and Treasurer

It was his appreciation of veterans and their service that led Lamberton to help start Smiles for Veterans. The nonprofit recognized only about 8% of veterans are eligible for dental care from the V.A.

That leaves 92% of veterans in jeopardy of not getting proper dental care.

“We are trying to fill the gap,” said Kristen Sevic, President of Smiles for Veterans, who joined when the charity was formed in late 2016. They then partner with area dentists to help around 100 veterans each year in Arizona.

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