Health Resources for Veterans and Their Families
Don’t Qualify For Dental Benefits Through the VA?
You’re probably here because you have already determined that you don’t qualify for dental through the VA. But just to make sure, here’s a brief recap of the major criteria. You qualify for VA dental benefits if:
Your condition is related to your military service
You are a former POW
You are 100% disabled or unemployable
You are active in a 38 USC Chapter 31 vocational rehabilitation program
- Your condition is related to your military service
- You are a former POW
- You are 100% disabled or unemployable
- You are active in a 38 USC Chapter 31 vocational rehabilitation program
Locations Too Few and Far Between, or Don’t Like the Dentists?
We talk to many veterans who do qualify for VA benefits, but they live too far away from a participating facility or have to wait too long for an appointment. Others still have had a negative experience at the only participating clinics near them and are searching for another option.
The VA dental plan includes 200 locations nationwide. Compare that to plans like ours that include over 100,000 dental access points across the country, and you can see why many veterans choose the Careington Care 500.
To see of one of the 200 locations that accepts VA dental benefits is located near you, go to the VA Dental Clinic Locations Finder. To see dentists that accept our plan, visit our Find a Dentist page.
Dental Resources for Veterans
Veterans need and deserve affordable dental care, but many veterans are finding it difficult to obtain.
“In order for veterans to qualify for full VA dental benefits, they have to be 100 percent disabled, have been a prisoner of war or have developed a dental condition during their service. The need is so great that homeless veterans list dental care among their top three unmet needs, along with housing and child care.”
Many organizations that offer free dental services unfortunately have overloaded wait lists and are currently closed to new patients. This is one of the reasons we offer our dental plan for as low as $9.99 a month, with immediate, unlimited savings on dental care for veterans and their families.
Below are other resources we have found that can also provide free or discounted dental care. Please note: We cannot guarantee that these organizations serve your area or are accepting new patients at this time:
DENTAL RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
Nationwide: The MouthMobile, sponsored by Aspen Dental, travels to cities around the country providing free dental clinics for veterans. See when the MouthMobile is coming to your area.
Nationwide: Every year in June, Aspen Dental hosts a “Day of Service” at over 450 locations nationwide. On this day, services like fillings, extractions and denture repairs are offered to veterans free of charge.
Nationwide: Dental Lifeline offers a Donated Dental Services (DDS) program that provides treatment to people with disabilities, who are elderly or who are medically fragile. See if you qualify and if they are accepting patients in your area.
Note: Many counties are currently closed to new patients.
Southern California: California has the highest number of veterans of any state in the country. If you are a resident of Southern California, contact Dentists for Veterans to ask about their services.
Ohio: For a day in May each year, one dentist in Toledo provides free dental care for veterans.
Iowa: Dentistry at Somerset provides free dental care to veterans one day a year in November. Check out their website to sign up to be notified when appointments are available.
Pennsylvania: The Veterans Program at HeathLink offers free dental care to qualifying veterans residing in Bucks or Montgomery Counties.
Dental Schools usually provide discounted dental services, performed by a student under faculty supervision. Be aware that they usually have long waiting lists. Click here to find a dental school near you.
Do you know of another great dental resource for veterans that we can add to this list? We’d love to hear from you! (888) 224-6829
Health & Wellness Resources for Veterans
Too many veterans live below the poverty line. Many do not receive the care they need upon returning from service. Health conditions can prevent veterans reentering the workforce and reintegrating into society, but the organizations below are making a difference:
HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
Mental Health Resources
DCoE Outreach Center
Information for Employers
Department of Labor Resources
America’s Heroes at Work
Feds Hire Vets
Employee Assistance Program
Hero Health Hire
Homes4Families through Habitat for Humanity
GI Rights Hotline
Hope for the Warriors
Make the Connection
Foundation for Women Warriors
Service Women’s Action Network
Lifeline for Vets
Operation Family Caregiver
Coaching into Care
Veterans Crisis Line
Student Veteran Support
Transition & Employment Services
Veteran Justice Outreach
Military One Source Counseling
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Suicide Prevention Action Network
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Women Veterans Call Center
Center for Women Veterans
Team Red, White & Blue
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The PenFed Foundation
National Alliance for Caregivers