Mobile Dental Van Ministry at All Saints
American Veteran: "This is my dental plan."
by Tyler Graf | Aug 02, 2017
With a gruff confidence that belies his sweet nature, Wade zips around on his scooter like a hummingbird.
Wade used to be homeless. The Navy veteran spent 21 years on the streets or living in a van. Now he has a place of his own, works and receives disability payments from the government.
But there’s one service he still relies on: the Mobile Dental Clinic.
“This is my dental plan,” Wade says. “Without it, I’d have lost four teeth.”
Financially, Wade is stuck in a Catch 22. His monthly income is above the VA’s income threshold to receive dental benefits. Still, his income isn’t enough that he can afford to pay for insurance out of pocket.
Over the years, Wade has had several problems with his teeth. They became brittle and chipped easily. “This is literally the only place guys like me can come,” Wade said.
Wade said he was thankful that Mobile Dental comes to Night Strike regularly because the needs among the homeless population are so great. A lot of these people, Wade said, are veterans like him. They are hurting. A little kindness goes a long way in restoring confidence and faith in oneself.