Homeless veterans get free dental care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The community is giving back to homeless veterans part of an annual city three day event called Homeless Veterans Stand Down.

On Saturday, homeless veterans got free dental care from the Sulzbacher Center.

"Kinda helped remove that sense of hopelessness," said army veteran Edward Thompson.

Thompson says the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event is a blessing.

"It just so happened a police officer who told me about this place and this project," said Thompson.

Thompson has been to the Sulzbacher Center and at times, he called it home. He's back now getting dental care he desperately needs, all at no cost.

"I have one tooth that's been driving me crazy. I have a big cavity but they aren't able to save it and there is one they think they can save by filling it. Having a low income, this is a great service," said Thompson.

Susanne Ebert, the Dental Director at the Sulzbacher Center says they participated last year and loved it. This year there are four dentists from our area volunteering their time to give the veterans they care they need.

"This is very important for me to be able to give back in some way and provide a good experience for these people," said Ebert.

Ebert says it feels good to help others and it alleviates other health problems down the line.

"Especially people who don't have access to care they get on this roller coaster of dentist infections and a lot of time they have to utilize the emergency rooms," said Ebert.

The Jacksonville Fairgrounds was the hub for the three day event.

Vets took advantage of VA services, food, clothing, other medical needs, job services, haircuts and much more.

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