By: Kevin Clark
May 29, 2014 5pm
Tallahassee, FL - Dentist Tonianne Cifrodelli is working for an issue close to her heart.
Her office, Comprehensive Dental Care gave free cleanings, exams, and x-rays to military veterans Thursday who didn't have dental insurance.
"When I hear stories of my military men who are gone and women who are gone and then when I hear their wives come in or their husbands come in, it's a sacrifice to their family," said Cifrodelli.
Tonianne and her fiancee Mike came up with the idea for the event last year. Toni comes from an army family and Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps himself.
The couple understand that the veteran's transition to civilian life isn't always easy.
"They won't necessarily take full option of their benefits, whether it's medical, whether it's dental," said Mike. "So a lot of times they'll go to the VA and it will be treated...but their dental health will a lot of times go ignored."
While the event is only in its second year, it is rapidly drawing more veterans.
"They can understand that there's people out there who really care while not everyone can understand what they've been through," said veteran and participant Amanda Miller. "They want to show their support."