AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A new Colorado clinic is giving veterans something to smile about.

The University of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine is offering free dental care to military veteran students courtesy of $1 million and Delta Dental.

The University of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine  (credit: CBS)

The University of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine (credit: CBS)

The Heroes Program is open to those who are enrolled in a degree at the CU-Denver campus or the CU Anschutz campus.

For some the timing of the service couldn’t be more perfect.

“I’d much rather take advantage of this than take $20 out of my paycheck every month,” student Rob Day said. “It just so happens that Ii had quit my private dental insurance with my former job.”

The need is great but some of the student vets have a hard time believing the service is free.

Dr. Doug Wilson works in the Heroes Clinic. He says it’s an ongoing commitment from Delta Dental in collaboration with CU-Denver’s Office of Veteran Student Services. Vets can come in for everything from exams, cleanings and even restorations.

The clinic is staffed by faculty and fourth-year dental students. Student veterans are an underserved population and the CU School Of Dental Medicine is one of the first universities in the nation to create a clinic specifically for student veterans.

LINK: CU Heroes Program

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