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Dentist Offers a Veteran a Free Check Up and Realized Things Were Worse Than He Realized.

A veteran went to the gym for a workout and he made an acquaintance. That person happened to be a dentist, and he and the vet hit it off. The vet scheduled a teeth cleaning with the doctor, but the doctor offered him way more than he bargained for. That day at the gym turned out to be a life-altering encounter.

Dr. David Nguyen was working out when he got to talking to retired Air Force Staff Sergeant David Tyler Harmon. After a while, Nguyen revealed to Harmon that he was a dentist, and Harmon agreed to come in for a cleaning. It had been a long while before he had seen a dentist because he couldn't afford one.

When Harmon got into Nguyen's chair, the dentist was shocked as he examined the man's mouth.

"I came in for a cleaning, and he’s like, ‘My goodness!’ And I start telling him all the pain I’m in," said Harmon.

Nguyen said Harmon had some serious problems. “There was infection in his gum tissue, a lot of cracked teeth everywhere, a lot of crowding, a lot of grinding problems,” he explained.

It seems Harmon had experienced a great number of head traumas while on active duty. He'd done multiple tours, and each blow to his head had always made his teeth just a little worse.

“I saw infection,” Dr. Nguyen explained. “I said, ‘Listen, you need to get this handled right away.'”

Harmon told the dentist that he had been trying to get the paperwork ready for the VA, but it was slow going. It would take months for anything to get done, and Harmon just didn't have the $15,000 for the amount of work he needed to get done.

That's when Nguyen did something amazing that changed Harmon’s life forever. He offered to do all the dental work free of charge.

Harmon broke down in tears, he was so overwhelmed by Dr. Nguyen's offer. He cried again as he recounted the story for Fox 26 News. “When he heard me say I couldn’t pay the bill he came in and said, ‘Don’t charge him anything’.”

With Veteran's Day weekend approaching, it seemed like an appropriate gift for someone who had sacrificed so much for his country. It took several intensive visits for Nguyen to get Harmon’s mouth in order and solve his pressing oral health problems, but the doctor was good to his word and is taking care of it all without charging Harmon a penny.

In addition, he’s doing Harmon’s daughter’s dental work free of charge so the dad doesn’t have to worry about his little girl suffering from teeth problems.

"All veterans are heroes," Nguyen said. "You know, they give up so much for this country. And whatever I can do, just to help him just a little bit, it's all worth it to me."

"I love this guy," Harmon cried. "I would take a hundred bullets for this guy in a second."

Source: Little Things
Photo: Fox 26

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