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Serving those who have served

By: Julie Miller, Design and Content Manager
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On Friday’s chilly morning, about a hundred veterans were standing in line for free dental care from Dr. Sean Avera’s office.

Avera is a part of the Placer Dental Academy and had recruited 30 general dentists and specialist from the group to give free exams, cleanings, x-rays and other services to veterans.

All veterans needed to bring was proof of being honorably discharged. The event was organized by Avera’s wife, Cathy.

There were so many veterans who came that a neighboring doctor’s office called the sheriff’s office to complain about parking spaces being taken.

“Next time,” Avera told the officer jokingly, when the sheriff’s office is called, ”it will be because of an assault.”

Avera worked on patients throughout the day with assistance of Rick Fowler, who is a nurse practitioner and also a veteran.

Bart Ruud, a local veteran, was on hand with Highway 49 Business Association helping veterans at the triage and offered food and drink.

“This sort of thing shows how much it is needed,” Ruud said. “I think it’s wonderful.”

Many of the veterans didn’t seem to mind the wait and were making new friends and sharing memories.