Smiles for Veterans in RhinelanderSubmitted: 11/12/2017
Smiles for Veterans in Rhinelander
RHINELANDER -  A local dental center started a new event inspired by one of its own employees. 

The Rhinelander Dental Center will provide free dental screenings for veterans and their families every year.

The idea started with one of its doctors who's serving as a general dentist in the Army Reserve The center calls the day "Smiles for Veterans" they provided those smiles for the first time Saturday.

Dentist and staff came in on their off day to volunteer. 

"A lot of positivity and we work like that we like to do community outreach so we're already on that path, but this has been our first event that's this big," said dental hygienist Stacey Bisenius.

Jason Dailey served with the Wisconsin National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan about nine years ago. 

He says dental health is lacking in health benefits for veterans and that's one reason he came to the smiles event. 

"Dental health is just as important as any other healthcare so having the opportunity to have something done for them hey should definitely take advantage of the opportunity when it arises again," said Dailey. 

Crest and Listerine donated about four boxes of products to "Smiles for Veterans." 

About eight veterans received services at the first event. The dentists look forward to helping more people next year.

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Casa Mexicana brought out the works to honor those who served.

Veterans got to eat free throughout Sunday afternoon. Then they got discounted dinners for the rest of the night.

Owner Alejandro Jacinto said he wanted to do something special for all of those who fought for our freedom.

"There were a lot of people here this morning. We saw a lot of happy faces," said Jacinto. "A lot of people didn't even know about it, so when they came here and saw they were going to get a free meal they were just so grateful. But really we are the ones that are grateful."

This was the restaurant's first time providing free meals to veterans.

They plan to move to a new location in Rhinelander in the beginning of December.

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MERRILL - Veterans grabbed a plate of brats and a pint of beer Sunday at the Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill for a special fundraiser.

The event 'Brats for the Brave' gave veterans a free lunch and raised money for the Northwoods Veteran's Post's project of creating a community center for eight different veteran and girl or boy scout organizations.

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BOULDER JUNCTION - It looked like a typical shooting day for members of the Boulder Junction Shooting Range. But veteran Larry Brown tried something new.

Brown served during Vietnam, the first Gulf War, and the deployment to Bosnia.

"I worked for the CIA for several years," said Brown. "When I got back into the military, that caused me to get into military intelligence."

He got to shoot without putting a dent in his wallet Sunday for an afternoon of shooting trap and skeet. The day was free of charge for veterans. 

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LA CROSSE - A new initiative from Habitat for Humanity has kicked off in western Wisconsin to encourage volunteerism and ultimately provide housing assistance for veterans.

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MADISON - The Madison Fire Department may make changes to its health programs and policies as federal officials plan to investigate the death of one of the department's members.

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee authorities are investigating a shooting that left a 22-year-old man seriously wounded.

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RHINELANDER - Fish of all shapes, colors, and sizes can be found in the tanks of LiveAquaria Rhinelander.

Saturday, Aquatic Specialist Eric Radi and his coworkers bubbled with excitement when opening their doors to people for a rare open house and tour of the coral farm.

"It's great to see everybody's energy and enthusiasm when they come in," said Radi.

Radi said operations like this normally happen on coasts or near major airports, but this was a day to prove that coral farms do exists here in the Northwoods.

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