About Give Veterans a Smile | ADA Foundation

About Give Veterans A Smile

The Give Veterans A Smile Program, launched in 2024, encourages dentists to provide pro bono oral health care to underserved Veterans and to assist them in finding a dental home.

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Why is Give Veterans A Smile Needed?
  • 82%, or about 7.4 million Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, are ineligible for VA dental benefits.* To qualify for dental services, Veterans must either have a dental issue that is service-connected or qualify based on narrow criteria.
  • Oral health equity for all is a priority for the American Dental Association and the ADA Foundation. No population deserves to be left behind. Everyone deserves to be healthy and treated equally.

*Data provided by Veterans Health Administration, January 29, 2024.

ADA Give Veterans A Smile National Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Mark Vitale (Chair)
  • Dr. Gary Oyster
  • Dr. Karin Irani
  • Dr. Darren Greenwell
  • Dr. Brad Barnes
  • Dr. Keith Nguyen
  • Ms. Linda Tarrson
  • Dr. Timothy Ricks
  • Mr. Adam Yang
  • Dr. Maria Maranga
  • Mr. Randall McLemore
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Staff Support and Contact Information

Nicole S. Catral, RDH, MHS
Director, Social Responsibility and Philanthropy

Briana Fitzgerald Rowland, MBA
Senior Manager, Philanthropic Programs and International Engagement

E-mail: GVAS@ada.org
Phone: 312.440.2500

Partner Organizations

The ADA Foundation is aware that many organizations are providing pro bono oral health services to underserved veterans. We applaud your work. Below is a listing of some of the organizations that are involved. If you know of other national organizations doing this work, please send us an email.