Longview dental office to offer free care for veterans Friday
According to Vaca-Kirby the schedule is full, but veterans can call to see if there is a cancellation.
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - In observance of Veterans Day, one East Texas dental office continues a tradition of service to those who have served the country.
Patriotic colors and banners have been set in place.
For the eighth year, Vaca & Kirby Dental in Longview will open its offices to veterans free of charge, for dental care.
“It’s really exciting for me. I have veterans in my family and we all know how they sacrifice for us, and to be able to give back is amazing,” says dental hygienist Shyanne Watson.
The tradition started as a simple way to serve those who have served us.
“It’s a very social visit. Every year we look for to this, treating our vets and honoring them. And they’ve done so much for us,” says Dr David Vaca DDS.
On Friday, veterans will be asked to come in for routine examination, cleaning or any immediate dental need.
But the dental care is only part of what is shared.
“Just talking and sharing stories and it’s just really special for those of us that aren’t actually in the chair working with the veterans to sit out here and listen to their stories. This is our favorite thing that we do all year,” says Tempe Kirby.
They’ve come to know it as a mutual appreciation event.
“A lot of times they don’t get the care they need, and we try to give some of that to them. We feel like it’s our duty to show our appreciation. If you see a vet, shake their hand, tell them how much you appreciate them. Our vets are precious, and we should take care of them,” Vaca says.
“Happy to be able to do it,” Shyanne says.
The free care will start Friday morning at 9 a.m., according to Vaca & Kirby, the schedule is full, but veterans can call to see if there is a cancellation. Their number is 903-996-3373.
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