Continuing its commitment to excellence in high-quality patient centered care and service to the community, the Georgia School of Orthodontics, which has a Sandy Springs location, is partnering with the Georgia Dental Foundation to provide complimentary orthodontic care to the children of Purple Heart recipients through the Purple Heart Smiles program.

The program serves and empowers children of veterans who were wounded, injured or killed during their service by providing the opportunity to receive complimentary, high-quality orthodontic treatment. The program is ongoing and does not have a cutoff date or maximum number of patients.

The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are killed or wounded in action. Georgia, which became a Purple Heart state in 2014 and has 10 Military Order of the Purple Heart chapters, is home to more than 5,000 veterans and active duty military personnel who have received the Purple Heart.

“We are grateful every day for the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces,” Dr. Ricky Harrell, the program director, said in a news release. “It is a privilege and an honor to be able to give back to Purple Heart veterans by providing their children with a beautiful, confidence-boosting smile.”

Harrell, as well as several other Georgia School of Orthodontics faculty, are veterans, and they are proud to be involved with the Purple Heart Smiles program.

To qualify for the Purple Heart Smiles campaign, the child must be a resident of Georgia, age 16 or younger and the son/daughter of a Purple Heart recipient or have a Purple Heart recipient serving as their legal guardian. Documentation needed for verification includes a DD Form 214, Purple Heart certificate and proof of being either the parent or legal guardian of the child.

Qualified recipients are guaranteed a complimentary initial orthodontic evaluation with one of the Georgia School of Orthodontics’ expert doctors, and they will also receive free braces and continued orthodontic care for the duration of their treatment. Dental care or surgery needed before or during the treatment will not be covered. Any qualified dental insurance will be applied to the cost of care.

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