Sen. Chappelle-Nadal: Local News and Information for District 14 Citizens

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Veterans to Receive Free Dental Care at Nearly 400 Aspen Dental Practices

Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 400 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 33 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2016.

Like millions of other Americans, veterans can struggle to find oral health care when they need it. That’s why Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative launched in 2014, is focusing its efforts on helping veterans get the dental care they need.

Here is how you can help:

  • Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!
  • Please spread the word in your community! Be sure to use #HealthyMouthMovement and tag Aspen Dental when posting on social media.

Participating Practices in Missouri

Columbia; Joplin; Springfield; Branson; Farmington; Bridgeton; and Washington, Missouri.

The Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) is a community-giving initiative launched in 2014 to deliver free dental care to thousands of people in need in communities across the U.S. and oral health education to millions more. Since 2014, more than 7,000 patients have received free dental care through the HMM – an initiative that has spanned 33 states, resulting in more than $4.1 million dollars in free dental care, thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices across the U.S.

People who want a healthy mouth often struggle to find oral health care when they need it due to limited access to dentists, high costs, or lack of insurance. Those barriers kept more than 155 million American adults from visiting a dentist in the past year – just over half the adult population in the U.S.  Among those are veterans, a patient population that resonated deeply with the volunteers from Aspen Dental practices because veterans do not receive dental care benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs unless they are 100 percent disabled or have a service-related injury to their mouths.

Since 2015, Aspen Dental has partnered with Got Your 6, a collaborative campaign that works to empower veterans and strengthen communities nationwide. Got Your 6 – meaning “I got your back”– focuses on six key pillars of veteran reintegration, including leadership, health, and education. Aspen Dental dentists and team members share in this same belief, and have helped shine a spotlight on an important issue, thereby truly making a difference in the lives of many veterans. It is a commitment that has continued in 2016, as Aspen Dental focuses once again on empowering veterans with a healthy smile.


Unclaimed Property

One of the Missouri State Treasurer’s responsibilities is to return as much of the Unclaimed Property held by his office. Banks, businesses and insurance companies turn over Unclaimed Property to the office after accounts have been inactive and whose owners could not be contacted for a statutorily defined period of time based on the type of property, generally five years.

According to a review of the Treasurer’s property database, he is currently holding more than $37.2 million belonging to approximately 196,015 citizens within the 14th District.

The Treasurer holds Unclaimed Property in perpetuity until the owner or a proper heir is located and claims it. Account owners can file a claim online or request a paper claim be mailed to them at any time by visiting Claims frequently reach hundreds of dollars or more.

The Treasurer’s office, as required by statute, will be publishing names of Unclaimed Property in newspapers around the state in June. Constituents may also see information regarding their Unclaimed Property on social media. Anyone can follow his office on Facebook and Twitter @MOTreasurer for more information.

To file a claim or check for Unclaimed Property, individuals may visit, or they can write the office at PO Box 1004, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1004.