A local veteran will soon have a new reason to smile. "This is the first year I haven't watched the parade this year. 'cause these wonderful people are taking care of me," said Richard White who was on a reconnaissance team with the US Army.
He was chosen by the Wounded Warrior Program to get dental implants from a local company called "Permadontics."
One of the doctors running it says he first realized the importance of restoring soldiers teeth when he was working as a nurse in the army in South Africa.
Prosthodontist, Dr. Ian Aires says ,"but then when I saw dentistry from a different perspective -- from the perspective of the treating person I saw what a service it is."
We'll be following Robert's progress and bring you another story when his surgery is complete and he has a brand new smile. That should be in just a couple of weeks.