Most Vets Don't Qualify For VA Dental Care. So These Dentists Are Giving It For Free

Updated on Nov. 11, 2015 at 3:30 P.M.

After years of neglect, William Bells teeth had deteriorated to the point that he looked liked he had been smoking meth every day for years. And though the U.S. veteran had kidney cancer, diabetes, PTSD and depression, he wasnt disabled enough to qualify for dental care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

I was trying to get my teeth worked on for three years. They wouldnt do it, Bell, who served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan before retiring in 2013, told The Huffington Post. I can get major surgery done, but I cant get my teeth done.

In order for veterans to qualify for full VA dental benefits, they have to be 1