Local businesses give veterans the special treatment for Veterans’ Day
NEW HAVEN — John Judge, 64, had been meaning to reestablish a point of contact for his dental health.
Judge, who served in the Army from 1982-85, said he recently moved to Wesville from Florida and intended to find a dentist. Luckily for him, dentist Stanley Jacob of Westville Family Dental had a charitable service to offer.
For Veterans Day, Westville Family Dental is offering free cleanings and extractions for the next week to veterans as a service.
“It’s our way of saying thanks,” Jacob said. “The reason we’re doing it is because many veterans don’t have dental care.”
Jacob said that it’s important for everyone to stay on top of their dental hygiene and to attend biannual dental exams and cleanings, especially for an aging population of veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs three-year, national pilot program for comprehensive dental insurance ended Jan. 31. Individuals enrolled under the program were able to renew through to Jan. 31, 2018. No future contract has been established, according to the VA website.
Local businesses pitching in with services for veterans are not limited to dentistry either: Christopher’s Salon in Guilford is offered free haircuts to any active duty service member or veteran Friday and Saturday. .
“We’ve always done, for the last 35 years, all sorts of events for different people,” Christopher Rollins, the salon’s owner, said Friday. “Hopefully if we do it and it’s successful, which is had been today, it will encourage other people and other salons to do it.”
He said the idea for a Veterans Day promotion was his daughter’s, and the stylist booking free appointments for veterans has a military father.
“She wholeheartedly wanted it to happen,” he said. “She is booked solid. If there’s any overflow, whoever is free will jump in and take over.”
Rollins said the promotion also “gives us an opportunity to meet people we haven’t met before, to thank them for what they’ve done for this country.”