My father is a Vietnam Era Veteran. He has taught us what it is to live with honor and protect the freedoms that God has blessed us within the United States. My dad smiles less and less, as his teeth have broken over the years. His father passed away from an infection that started in his mouth and went to his heart that was irreversible and fatal. This was in part due to a congenital heart abnormality in one of the valves. A cardiologist told my dad that he has a similar cardiac abnormality.