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Indiana University School of Dentistry

Veterans' Employability - the Dental Connection

Project Type: 
Veterans
Amount Awarded: 
$25,000
Year: 
2014

The program’s goal is to identify homeless veterans who have missing front teeth and are at a disadvantage in the job interview process especially for jobs in the public eye. Each of the veterans chosen for the dental program also register for job training services. Through several screening programs the Indiana University School of Dentistry has selected 18 veterans, all of whom have been endorsed by their agency as being honorably discharged, 60 years of age or younger, and employable and looking for employment. The selected veterans are currently being treated at Indiana University School of Dentistry by third and fourth year dental students, and are being welcomed and helped by first and second year students who serve as patient navigators. This program has the potential to be replicated in other schools of dentistry.