I think that Mike deserves this, he’s a single father who served his country and hard working until disabled medical issues has forced him to not be able to. He’s my best friend of 18yrs and will do anything for anyone within his abilities and has been my right side guy making sure I get to all my appts for my failing health. And on most days I don’t know what I would do. I feel something as simple as a smile can make anyone feel good. I’m going through work myself and even minor change has helped my outlook and I feel it will for him too.
– Jennifer Tucker
This is the third time that I tried for the dental makeover, so maybe third time will be the charm. Besides that Iam a Viet Nam vet and I go to the VA for health care but they won’t cover dental ! Since last years submission I have lost another tooth on the bottom, so now theres only seven , and I have made my own false teeth .Please consider me for the makeover!
– Bruce Bauer
I survive on my disability payments and it is hard to be taken serious when public speaking looking like this. I can not afford implants or dentures and I would be so grateful to be able to smile in public and to get back into public speaking and be taken serious again.
-Carl Hyde, Jr
Carl Hyde served in the Navy 1981-1987 – served in Grenada, Lebanon and in Iran during the hostage crises and deposition of Khadafy. Decorated with various ribbons for his service. Did 3 world tours, enjoyed his time in the military. Carl likes to helps others, always put others ahead of himself and his needs, Town supervisor , does a lot of public speaking but feels self-conscious due to his many missing teeth. He doesn’t smile, hard for him to eat .
I fought for my country during Desert Storm and Persian Gulf War, and upon getting out I planned to attend college. I wasn’t home 10 months and lost both my parents within six months at age twenty-one. Military prepared me to be tough but what I had in front of me was challenging.Worked my whole life to give my kids the life and put me second.I always had great teeth and smiled wide.Now I’m embarrassed when I should be proud …Please help me smile and show my teeth again…thank you
– Kevin Roof
Hello my name is Norm Gelster I’m 59 years old and from Angola NY. I’m a faithful Vietnam veteran served in the USMC. A husband & father of 3 and grandfather of 8. I’ve spent my life working to take care of others and now is time for me to take care of myself…. I have neglected the dental help that I desperately need I’m hoping you can find me a good candidate for your veterans smile contest. I am looking forward to finally returning to normal eating habits with a smile I can be proud of. Thank you for your consideration.
– Norm Gelster and family.
Norm’s entry was sent in by his daughter Courtney. Norm served in the Marines for 4 years during the evacuation of Viet Nam in 1975, during very trying times in the aftermath of the Viet Nam War. We chose Norm as one of our finalists because of his service to our country and obvious need and want of a new smile. We were thrilled to give Norm back his smile – it looks great on him, doesn’t it?
My brother Francis H. Ross Jr.is an Air Force veteran who served from 1979-1983 during the Lebanon/Grenada conflicts. He is a Life Member of the AMVETS an AMVET Rider and has been involved in the American Legion for 22 years, where he has served as our hometown Legion Post Commander in 2010 and went on to become the Cattaraugus County American Legion Commander in 2013. During his service to the American Legion he focused on the needs of others, and let his own needs go, always saying he’d take care of himself as soon as he could. I have witnessed him remove three of his own front lower teeth, and only went to have an upper premolar removed by a Dentist because he was afraid he couldn’t get it out. He has a partial for the lower teeth which he doesn’t wear much because it has a broken wire and needs an addition where he extracted the latest incisor. I have not seen a picture of him with an open mouth smile in years. Please consider helping this proud to have served Veteran as he has helped many others. Thank You from a woman who is proud to be this Veterans sister.
– Erin Ross, sister