Serving Our Forgotten Veterans in Their Time of Need


Adopt a Vet Dental Program These under-served veterans survive on an average income of only $900/month. Adding to their difficulties, they don’t qualify for VA dental services and can’t afford dental care any where else.

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Locally, thousands of low-income veterans suffer every day from extreme oral decay. They endure years of severe pain from abscesses, multiple deteriorated teeth and more.

Why 90.5% of our veterans can’t use the VA Dental Clinic

Around 42,000 veterans are enrolled in the Reno VA Hospital. But only an estimated 9.5% of them qualify for dental care. Because to qualify for the VA Dental Clinic, veterans must be:

  • Disabled (100% service connected)
  • Injured in the jaw or mouth while in service
  • Been a prisoner of war

This means a shocking 90.5% of our veterans can’t receive services through their VA Dental Clinic. As a low-income veteran, AAVD becomes their only hope.

What happens if they don’t get help?

Their need is critical. As their oral decay remains untreated, many veterans endure:

  • Failing overall health as the growing bacteria and inflammation infect their bodies
  • Malnutrition from their inability to chew food
  • Depression from the chronic pain or low self-esteem
  • Worsening of symptoms from current chronic health issues
  • Remaining unemployed because of their appearance and/or constant pain

Many of these veterans do not have a family or support system. So they rely on their community – people like you – for help.

What we do

Adopt a Vet Dental Program (AAVD) identifies and qualifies each case, then seeks appropriate dental care for the qualified veteran. All dental services are provided pro bono to qualifying veterans. This is only possible because of the extensive services donated by volunteer dentists. And the labs who help subsidize or completely cover the lab expenses associated with each veteran’s treatment.

Who qualifies for AAVD assistance

To participate in the AAVD program, you must

  • Be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines
  • Enrolled with the VA
  • Under the care of a primary care physician in the VA
  • Following healthcare requirements from your physician
  • A full-time Nevada resident
  • Clean and sober for 1 year
  • Served in the military for a minimum of 1 year
  • Provide proof of income and assets, which may include:
    • All forms of social security
    • Available bank account or investment account statements to include all forms of income and assets
    • Most recent tax return
  • Veterans are asked for a minimal commitment investment

veterans-successtoriesSee How We are Changing Lives for the Better

AAVD not only helps veterans regain their dental health, we help them change their lives.

To read about these amazing success stories click the button below.




More ways to support our vets

Please support AAVD by attending any of our fun-filled fundraising events held throughout the year or by donating directly.  Your support goes towards lab costs, emergency dental services and other dental services. Thank you so much for your support!

AAVD Quick Facts

  • $5.34 million in donated dental services since 2010
  • 130 volunteer dentists and specialists
  • 16 dental labs provide free or discounted services
  • 1,061 local veterans served

Every $1 donated = $3.00 in services

Thanks to our incredible volunteers, every $1 you donate creates $3.00 in dental services for our veterans. Every dollar you donate matters greatly.

Thank you so much for your support!


Join Other Area Dentists in Serving Our Vets*

The waitlist for care grows daily. Currently, veterans must wait up to 2 years before their first visit. Please join other dentists and specialists in volunteering your greatly-needed skills. Thank you!

Become a dental volunteer today.

*Volunteer time qualifies for CEU credits.

See a List of Dental Volunteers

To see a list of your peers who have volunteered their invaluable time to help this worthy cause, click here.


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