Operation Stand Down

In this file photo, Gatesville dentist Bob Bates performs an oral exam on Keith Perkins during Operation Stand Down on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the National Guard Armory in Killeen.

A total of 84 dentists, 84 dental assistants and 30 dental hygienists and students — all volunteers — are expected to offer free dental care for veterans in Killeen this weekend.

The Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation and Texas Mission of Mercy are pairing up to host the event Friday and Saturday at the old Fairway Middle School, 701 Whitlow Drive, Killeen.

Veterans who were not pre-screened on Feb. 1 will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those wishing to receive the free dental work should arrive at the middle school by 5 a.m. on either day to register.

Kathy Jones of Texas Mission of Mercy said the organization hopes to treat more than 600 veterans.

The event is intended to benefit those without dental insurance, Jones said via email.

Non-veterans who do not have health insurance can also receive free care Friday or Saturday.

Dentists will offer services such as cleanings, fillings and extractions, according to the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation.

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