Free dental care for military on Sept. 11 |

A chance to give back: Local dentists says thanks to military with free dental services

Steamboat Springs dentist Andy Jorgensen and the staff at Pine Grove Dental Arts will thank veterans, active service members and their immediate familes as part of Freedom Day USA.
John F. Russell

On Sept. 11, the staff at Pine Grove Dental Arts will take the time to say, “Thank you” to the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.

“We will collect no money from them at all — not from their pocket and not from their insurance companies. It’s just completely our honor for us to treat them for free. They have already done so much for us, so it’s the least that we can do to give back.”

The event is part of Freedom Day USA, a day to honor veterans, active service members and their families. Freedom Day USA is designated to be observed in October, but the staff at Pine Grove Dental Arts has elected to move the date forward by a month, because the office will be closed Oct. 12, when the rest of the country takes part.

“We have reserved Monday Sept. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Pine Grove Dental Arts to treat veterans, active duty service members and their families for free,” McMunn said. “It’s actually a national day that other dentist across the country celebrate. It’s typically in October, however, we were not going to be in the office for the October date, so we felt that  Sept. 11 would be appropriate.”

McMunn asks those who are eligible to schedule an appointment, so the office can ensure everybody who desires can be seen by a dentist.

“We will be accepting some walk-ins, but because of the type of treatments that we could be providing that day, an appointment is recommended,” McMunn said.

The entire staff will take part, and staff members are volunteering their time to make the event happen. Pine Grove Dental Arts dentist Andy Jorgensen, who owns the business, will be working that day. He will be joined by contract dentists Tom Jorgensen and Robert Carpenter and the staff’s four dental hygienists. Other staff members will be on hand to help organize the day and keep things running smoothly.

Freedom Day USA is the largest military thank you event in the country, according to the organization’s website. One day each year, the organization asks businesses to say, “Thank you” by providing a token of  appreciation, whether it’s free services, free gifts or special offers. 

Pine Grove Dental Arts hopes for a solid turnout and has already begun making appointments and reaching out to its clients who may be in the military or veterans. The Steamboat Springs dentist will offer all types of treatment, including  hygiene, fillings, extractions, root canals and crowns.

“We have told existing patients about the day if they are veterans, but we are also marketing it on Facebook. We have flyers we are hanging up around town, and we have an advertisement in the newspaper that is running,” McMunn said. “We are just trying to get the word out and treat as many veterans and service members as possible.”

To make an appointment or for more information, call 970-879-1959.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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