Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Adam T., served in the US Army including one tour of duty in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. During his service in Iraq, Adam was posted near a hazardous nuclear testing facility, exposing him and his fellow soldiers to a dangerous level of radiation. All fourteen members of Adam’s unit suffered serious health problems related to this duty and their exposure to the toxic site. Sadly, Adam lost most of his teeth from the effects of radiation poisoning.
When Adam and his family contacted SALUTE, INC. we were able to find the resources to give Adam his smile back. Our friend, Fr. Matt Foley of Arlington Heights introduced us to two generous doctors who would work their magic to help Adam regain functional dental health. Drs William Nickel & James McShane, D.D.S. partnered with Nobel Biocare who donated the materials needed for dental implants. SALUTE facilitated the year long process by providing transportation, housing and meals for Adam and his mother/caregiver when they traveled from their home in Kentucky for multiple appointments. Everyone involved played a vital role in changing this young man’s life forever! Since his surgery Adam has been smiling all day, every day and has a renewed confidence which will propel him onto his next steps in life. We are grateful to have been a part of this transformation.