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9/9/13 — Patriot Place Veterans Benefit from Wolverine Patriot Project

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U of M School of Dentistry booth at Otsego “We Honor Military” Expo and Veterans Stand Down.

Last year the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Community-Based Dental Education program launched the Wolverine Patriot Project. The project focuses on providing dental care to homeless military veterans in northern Michigan. They looked to Patriot Place to assist veterans in changing not only their dental challenges, but their lives.

For veteran Gary Hattley, what started as a toothache ultimately led to infection and resulted in tooth decay and many personal challenges. He longed to reduce the pain, increase ability to eat and look better.

Thanks to the program and University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduates, Drs. Ed and Janice Duski who host the outreach program at their Gaylord practice and their efforts to coordinate with area dentists, veterans like Gary have access to “full service” dental care up to total restoration.

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Patriot Place Veteran, Gary Hattley said, “my experience has been a turning point in feeling better about myself.”

Due to these efforts, Gary will have a new upper plate and lower partial in the next six months. He shared that his experience has been a turning point in feeling better about himself and is looking forward to a bright smile. “The team was excellent. They are not good – but are the absolutely the best.”

To date over 28 veterans have received needed dental care, thanks to the nine participating University of Michigan Dental Students and Dr. Duski’s local team.

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