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Grass Valley dental office hosts a day of free dental care for veterans

Hundreds if not thousands of the estimated 10,000 veterans in Nevada County do not qualify for free dental care offered by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, commonly known as the VA, say local veterans advocates.

According to Vietnam veteran Pete Vasilakos, 2nd Vice Commander of the American Legion's Frank Gallino Post 130, the criteria for cost-free dental care through the VA is relatively narrow. To qualify, most veterans must have a serious military service-related disability or have been a prisoner of war. That leaves a large faction — many of whom live on limited incomes — unable to pay for even the most basic of dental care.

"A lot of them slip through the cracks," said Vasilakos. "It's tough to watch."

These statistics are the reason why Fore Dental Care will host its first "Smiles for FREEdom" event Nov. 18 at its Grass Valley office. Dentists Stacy Fore and her father, Larry Fore, will join forces with three other Nevada County dentists — Douglas Valentine, Navneet Arora and Jerome Young — to treat roughly 50 veterans free of charge.