HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man we recently met on a story, a disabled Iraq War veteran, feels nothing but gratitude toward the dentist who helped him with major dental issues that would have been tough for him to afford.
While it is Dr. Jack Bogers’ job to make people feel better about their smile and their overall well-being, patient Andy Cox provided a bigger challenge than most.
Andy was the victim of an exploding IED while on patrol with his army unit in Iraq. His arm, hand and leg injuries prevent him from returning to work as a roofer. He was a disabled veteran with no income.
So, you can imagine how Andy must've felt when Dr. Bogers offered free dental work for this American hero...no strings attached.
Even though Dr. Bogers deflects a lot of the praise, he says he's just one of 90 dentists in West Virginia in the Donated Dental Services program -- administered through the Veteran's Administration and other agencies.
Andy and the people who work with Dr. Bogers know he's special – completely deserving of WSAZ.com’s Hometown Hero award that is shared between two heroes – one just as grateful as the other.