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Bilirakis announces “Stars, Stripes, and Smiles” Event to Provide Free Dental Care for Veterans

October 11, 2016
Press Release



The office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis and the West Pasco Dental Association are delighted to announce the second annual Stars, Stripes, and Smiles event, which will take place at Pasco Hernando State College on October 28, 2016.  As part of this exciting initiative, dentists within the community have volunteered to provide urgent dental care to 75 military Veterans living in Pasco County who have been suffering with untreated dental pain and infection- all at no cost to Veterans.  Veterans in need of dental services should contact Congressman Bilirakis’s office at 727-232-2921 to sign up for treatment.  They will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. 

Oral health is an integral part of total health, and unfortunately, dental care through the VA is limited to those who are 100% disabled or have a direct service connected injury impacting their oral health. Our Veterans have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and they deserve access to high quality health care.  I am in the process of developing legislation that will expand Veterans’ access to dental care, however, I am very grateful for the generosity of the dentists from the West Pasco Dental Association who are not waiting for a change in law.  They are ensuring that our heroes receive immediate attention and I am honored to help organize this important event,” stated Congressman Gus Bilirakis.

Services offered through this special event will include:  professional dental cleanings, root canal therapy, tooth extractions and dental fillings.  These heroes deserve a system of care to ensure their oral health care needs are met.  Until that can become a reality, it is our professional privilege to serve this special segment of our community,” said Dr. Zacharias Kalarickal of the West Pasco Dental Association.  Other partners and sponsors include:  Pasco-Hernando State College, Digital Brainz and Thread Art.  Event information is below.  The press is welcome to attend. 

Stars, Stripes and Smiles
October 28, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pasco Hernando State College, West Pasco Campus