HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The nearly 50 dentists, and assistants know they can't help everyone who needs it, but are willing to try. The unpaid effort treated nearly 100 veterans to badly needed dentistry services totally up to nearly $60,000.
"We wanted to give back to the community that helped us so much," said Mike Reimels with Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntersville. "Dentistry at times can be expensive."
Reimels and his wife both served in the Air Force and are both dentists working together. They say almost all veterans loose dental coverage after getting out of the service with too many living in pain unable to afford care.
"It makes me feel good knowing that I'm meeting so many great people, the heroes. But, the fact that they have so many problems they're not getting addressed while they're in the military is an issue and that doesn't make me feel so good. So I really want to give back."
"They're great!" said veteran Randy Rush just before 3 fillings, 3 extractions, and a cleaning. "They've been super to me."
Friday marked the third time 'Helping Veterans Smile' has given back. They hope to help even more heroes next time.