Free dental care for veterans in Watsontown

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A Watsontown dentist brightened the smiles of military personnel this Veterans Day.

WATSONTOWN, Pa. — It was a busy day at Dr. Carl Jenkins’ dental office in Watsontown, and he didn’t want it to be any other way. For the eighth year, Dr. Jenkins closed the practice to his regular patients and welcomed veterans free of charge.

“We fill the day from 7 a.m. In 15 minutes, we have the day filled. We see as many as we can, probably about 10 to 12,” Dr. Jenkins said.

Dr. Jenkins started the event in 2014 to give back to the men and women who serve our country. He helps vets with everything he can in a short amount of time.

“From extractions to fillings to cleanings,” Dr. Jenkins said.

“I was in the Air Force from 1983 to 2004, and I was all over the world,” Fred Brown said.

Fred Brown of Barbours was happy to get an appointment.

“I heard their announcement on the radio and said I haven’t had my teeth cleaned in a while, so I said why not,” Brown said.

This event is particularly significant for Dr. Jenkins because he himself is a veteran. He also has family members who are in the military.

“It’s important to give back. These are people who risked their lives to help us, and that’s what I’m doing. It’s my way of saying thank you by doing what I do for those people who deserve it. said Dr. Jenkins.

Dr. Jenkins says he plans to continue this event for as long as possible.

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