Wellness Tree Clinic gives free dental work to veterans

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Veterans in the Magic Valley can soon get dental work for free because of the Wellness Tree Clinic.

Clinic Executive Director Janel Anderson said she saw a need to help veterans have their dental care done.

She said she attended a Joining Forces meeting, a veterans council, and found that veterans have to pay for their dental work.

"I feel like that’s unacceptable," she said.

So she's asking a few dentists to volunteer some time to help these veterans in need.

"I just need our dentists, who have a heart for this and want to come serve, serve our veterans and maybe serve those less fortunate," she said.

Twin Falls County Commissioner Don Hall said this is a need for the community.

"There are some veterans depending on their service-connected injuries that don’t get dental care and we know that dental care is so intricate to your overall health, this fits right in line, again to help our veterans out with their medical care," he said.

As word got out about the service she wants to provide, Anderson said she's already gotten some inquiries.

In the mean time, veterans in need are heading to the College of Southern Idaho to get the work done.

"They're going to get set up with a free assessment, x-ray and dental cleaning and then those x-rays will come to us and assess hey, I need to do a root canal, extraction or whatever, and we'll set up an appointment for them to come here or outside, off-site if necessary," she explained.

Anderson said she wants to start this service Feb. 1, but still needs more dentists to help out.

"I want to be able to eventually offer hearing aids as well," she said. "We’re teaming up with a lot of outside organizations so we can come together and help our American heroes."

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