Free day of dental care for Veterans

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BENNINGTON — The husband and wife duo behind the Bennington Dental Center have found their own unique way to thank our community veterans by providing an annual day of free dental care as a gesture of appreciation.

"We're trying to make it more of an appreciation for our veterans, and a celebration of their service," said Dr. Tyler Carmack, who operates the Bennington Dental Center at 219 River Street in Bennington and the Shaftsbury Dental Center at 677 Route 7A in Shaftsbury with his wife Dr. Betsy Carmack.

This years day of appreciation, on Friday May 26, follows the Dental Center's inaugural event last year in which they were able to treat a number of community veterans with same day services including fillings, simple extractions, exams, and cleanings among others.

"We treated 35 veterans last year, and it was really fun," said Carmack. "This year we're starting a bit later, there's going to be a live band, and Ramuntos is providing all of the food while people wait."

Beyond providing complimentary dental services to community veterans, the team at the Bennington Dental Center hope that the event can be a fun way to thank these men and women for their service.

"We'll have the whole parking lot set up for the event," said Carmack. "It's a way to tell them we appreciate them and kind of roll out the red carpet, because they deserve it."

Other dental care providers in the community will also be volunteering their services at the May 26 event, including Dr. Christopher Bevin of Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

"I'm excited to participate because these are folks that have given so much sweat and toil to our country and they deserve to be thanked in every way," said Bevin. "These are individuals that need services and have given so much to us in the past."

Carmack is quick to point out that the intent of this event is not to provide help or charity, but rather to thank community veterans for their service.

"The reason we did it is because the service men and women deserve it," said Carmack. "We are always looking for ways to serve the community, and we saw this as a good opportunity."

The annual event, now in its second year, is extremely popular among the staff at the Bennington Dental Center.

"Our whole staff really loves it, and really enjoyed it last year," said Carmack. "Just because it's an opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for us."

Carmack hopes that he can help make veterans in the community aware of the services to be provided at the free day of dental care.

"What we're trying to do is just raise awareness," said Carmack. "We're trying to get the word out so that the veterans realize that this is available to them."

The Bennington Dental Center has done this primarily by working in conjunction with other organizations in town providing services for veterans.

"We have reached out to the Veterans Affairs Clinic here to make them aware of it, so that they can let veterans know that this is available," said Carmack.

The Bennington Dental Center will be offering their free day of dental work to community Veterans on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We have three doctors here, along with Dr. Bevin, that will be providing services that day," said Carmack. "Come by, bring your kids and have a good time while helping us thank the veterans of our community."

Reach Cherise Madigan at 802-490-6471.

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