Dentist Pays $15,000 Bill For Military Veteran's Dental Work
November 19, 2017
A Houston dentist met a U.S. Air Force veteran who was struggling with dental issues and decided to surprise him with $15,000 worth of dental work.
Retired Staff Sergeant David Tyler Harmon met dentist David Nguyen at their local gym.
Harmon decided to visit Nguyen for a routine cleaning, but didn't realize it would turn into weeks of dental work.
"I came in for a cleaning, and he's like, 'My goodness!'" Harmon told FOX 26. "And I start telling him all the pain I'm in."
Harmon's pain stemmed from severe teeth grinding due to the head trauma he suffered while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
"There was infection in his gum tissue, a lot of cracked teeth everywhere, a lot of crowding, a lot of grinding problems," Nguyen told FOX 26.
The dental work came to a grand total of $15,000, and Harmon would need help from the Veterans Administration to pay for the procedures.
Instead of waiting months for the paperwork to go through, Nguyen wanted to help him immediately and cease his pain. So, he took care of the bill and went to work.
"When he heard me say that I couldn't pay the bill, he came in, and he was like, 'Don't charge him anything.' " said Harmon as he broke into tears.
Nguyen said it was the least he could do.
"All veterans are heroes," said Nguyen. "They give up so much for this country, and whatever I can do just to help him out a little bit, it's all worth it to me."
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