FACTS & FAQ'S

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Does a National Reserve member qualify for services?

ANSWER: At this time, we are only servicing honoralbly discharged veterans who are classified under title 38 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations which states,  “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

Who provides the dental SERVICES?

ANSWER: As part of Smiling Veterans, Inc., Dr. Rashti oversees all services associated with the nonprofit. due to the high demand of veterans needing complex dental care, dr. rashti has a dedicated team of experts that are committed to E.A.C.H. (Excellence, Appreciation, Care, and Honesty) veteran serviced with smiling veterans, Inc.

Do you take Dental Insurance or MEDI-CAL?

ANSWER: As a nonprofit, Smiling Veterans, inc. is a 501(c)3 so it does not accept any dental or insurance plans. We do not take medi-cal since the services being provided have been paid for by generous donors and organizations who want to give back to veterans.

Does the veteran need to live in Los Angeles to receive services?

ANSWER: Currently, we only accept veterans who live in southern california, including in the counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Ventura.

is an active service member eligible for services?

ANSWER: due to demand, we are currently serving veterans who have served our country in war or at peace, and who discharged or released honorably. For active members of our military, please refer to our resource page for additional assistance.

 

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Quick facts

  • In an article published by the National Institute on Health, war veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) had poorer oral hygiene and periodontal issues than non-veterans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17207072

  •   California is home to the largest veteran population with 1.68 million veterans and thousands more returning from military service each year to our communities, according to the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA).

 

  • Service members fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense and can serve in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

 

  • Americans continue to see veterans’ services as an important priority. In an April 2017 Pew Research survey, a majority of people (75%) said that if they were making the federal budget, they would increase spending for veterans’ benefits and services – the highest share of all 14 program areas included in the survey.

 

  • According to the Veterans Administration (VA), between 2016 and 2045, the share of veterans who are non-Hispanic white is expected to drop from 77% to 64%.
  • The share of veterans who are Hispanic is expected to nearly double from 7% to 13%, while the share who are black is expected to increase from 12% to 16%, according to the Veterans Administration

 

  • Currently, nine-in-ten veterans (91%) are men while 9% are women, according to the Veterans Administration’s 2016 population model estimates.

 

  • According to the Veterans Administration, by 2045, the share of female veterans is expected to be 18%, or around 1.9 million in 2016 to 2.2 million in 2045.

 

  • The share of the U.S. population with military experienceis declining. In 2016, 7% of U.S. adults were veterans, down from 18% in 1980, according to the Census Bureau.

 

 

  • According to Make the Connection, 12 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) Veterans experience PTSD each year. That number rises to about 15 percentamong Vietnam Veterans and as high as 11 to 20 percent for Veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. https://maketheconnection.net/whats-new/ptsd-statistics
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Our Mission

Committed to excellent dental care for honorably discharged veterans with intricate periodontal, oral and dental services so our military personnel can smile more to thrive at work, home, and in life.