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Tuesday
May212013

Only 15 Minutes - Dental Issue and Our Veterans

There is nothing more important to me besides my family, than our wounded warriors and the military. Since I only have 'fifteen minutes' since my Industry letter went viral, I am hoping that if anything can come out of this - besides my having a heart attack ( although I've heard it's actually quite fascinating- The light. The angels guiding me to those I love ) it is my hope to help shed some light on an issue facing our returning troops.

At Rebuilding America's Warriors, we are seeing a very serious dental problem occurring in veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s insidious at first, a graying of the teeth, then a shrinking, discoloration, browning at the gum-line, and then they break off. These men and women are in their twenties.

It can happen to many teeth, or one tooth at a time. It is accompanied by sensitivity to hot and cold, inability to chew food, depression, and increased PTSD. And a complete inability to smile.

One of the warriors in our program was treated by Dr. Rick Beadle of Dallas, Texas. Byron Harris, an investigative reporter with ABC affiliate WFAA out of Dallas, filmed a two piece news segment on this mysterious dental issue. Within 48 hours of airing, 9 veterans in the Dallas area alone wrote to us with the same condition. Since the symptoms do not usually show up for 6 to 12 months, medical reports were not made during their time on active duty. Although many have sought help from the V.A., there are no dental benefits for veterans unless they have been declared 100% disabled. We pick up where the VA leaves off. We just never thought it would be with dental.

The most realistic cause our doctors have hypothesized is the Anthrax vaccine our veterans were required to receive prior to their deployment. This was never required in the past. Some believe that the organism is stored in the dentyn of the tooth and exacerbated by stress. But we don't know, and won't know until our own investigation reaches further. This can only be done with the public's help. Or perhaps it was the water. We do not know. But what we do know is it is highly unlikely these young and vibrant troops should be suffering from such excruciating decay.

If you know of any military personnel with this dental condition, presenting the above symptomology, please contact me through this site or through www.rebuildingamericaswarriors.org
But make it snappy. I've only got fourteen minutes left.

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