CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Herb Silva has been serving his country for decades, first in Vietnam, then helping to give his fellow veterans proper dental care.

Silva was part of the first Cobra Gunship Helicopter Squad used in Vietnam, serving 13 months in combat. He left active duty after seven years and spent three more years in the reserves.

Silva was also a dentist for 38 years before he started teaching at the ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry, where he started a program to help veterans who need dental care but do not have the coverage they need because they are not fully disabled.

Free dental screenings and exams are available through the Dentures for Veterans program on Saturdays. For more information, call 324-685-3553.

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