Even after the sacrifices they have made for our country, 80% of student veterans do not qualify for or receive coverage for dental care when they leave military service. Delta Dental of Colorado is committed to expanding access to dental services for all Coloradans, so we wanted to do something to help this special group of people.
In 2014, we collaborated with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and provided significant funding to help establish the CU Heroes Clinic. The clinic provides free dental care for military veterans enrolled in a degree program at the University of Colorado Denver or University of Colorado Anschutz campus. Every dollar donated by Delta Dental of Colorado to the Heroes Clinic goes toward the cost of preventive and restorative dentistry.
"These student veterans have given so much to our country that they truly are heroes, who are deserving of a Heroes Clinic established specifically for them," said Kate Paul, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado. "We are honored to work with CU Denver|Anschutz to provide this much needed service."
Delta Dental of Colorado Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Doug Berkey echoed this sentiment: "The most important thing to me about this clinic is that our veteran students are receiving the quality of care that they deserve to receive."
The Heroes Clinic saw its first patient on August 25, 2014. Staffed by faculty and fourth-year students at CU's School of Dental Medicine, the clinic treated 159 patients between October and December 2014. This program has the ability to impact more than 1,000 students on the CU Denver and Anschutz campuses.
This service really matters to these deserving students. Said student veteran Micah Marmaro: "It's one thing to have someone pat you on the back and say, "Thanks for your service.' It's another thing for Delta Dental to come down and say, 'Let's do something for you that we know you wouldn't have gotten done on your own, and we're going to help you out in a way that's going to matter for the rest of your life."
Check out a video glimpse of the Heroes Clinic at CU: