Astorino Announces "Smiling On America's Heroes" Program For Westchester Veterans

Discount Dental and Vision Coverage Offered for Veterans and Their Families

County Executive Robert Astorino announces Dental Benefits for Veterans – Smiling On America's HeroesWestchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, joined by veterans and veteran's advocates, today announced the launch of "Smiling on America's Heroes," a discount dental and eye care program available to Westchester veterans and their dependents. State Senator Greg Ball and Assemblyman Bob Castelli joined Astorino at the announcement.

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Dental, vision care program announced for vets

Mid Hudson News

NEW WINDSOR – The Smiling on America's Heroes plan, which provides discounts on dental and vision care to veterans in New York was unveiled at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor on Thursday.

The plan, provided by the Careington International Corporation and endorsed by the New York State Association of Counties and Wounded Warriors organization, both of which will donate five percent to the program, gives veteran's five percent to 60 percent savings on most dental procedures as well as an average of 15 percent to 35 percent off eye exams and eye glasses.

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Now, vets can get dental, vision discounts

By Michael Randall

Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM - 07/22/11

NEW WINDSOR — Dental and vision care are not among the benefits returning veterans receive once they separate from the service.

But a new program aimed at filling that void was announced Thursday at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

It's not a government program but a private business venture called Smiling On America's Heroes, in which local lawyer and Orange County Republican Party Chairman Bill DeProspo is a principal.

The firm will team up with Careington Inc., based in Frisco, Texas, which bills itself as one of the nation's largest providers of discount health-care plans.

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Hudson Valley Counties Join in NY Launch of Smiling on America's Heroes

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Director of Orange County Veterans' Service Agency and Vietnam veteran Tony Zippo, David and Karina Gonzalez, health care professionals and founding members of Smiling on America's Heroes, Assemblyman and Vietnam veteran Robert Castelli, Korean War veteran Senator William J. Larkin Jr., Careington Inc. client relations manager Valerie Bostrom, Orange County Clerk Donna Benson, and Major General (Ret.) Thomas P. Maguire Jr. celebrate the New York State launch of Smiling on America's Heroes, a program to provide veterans with access to low cost dental and vision care.

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana addressed a packed house in the theatre of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor. The assembled crowd of local, state, and federal elected officials, veterans, and veterans' advocates from throughout the mid-Hudson region were gathered for the New York State launch of a new program created to provide veterans with improved access to affordable dental and vision care for themselves and their dependents.

"Our men and women in uniform have made many sacrifices in the course of their service to our nation," said County Executive Diana. "It is truly fitting that we gather today in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor to introduce a program that also recognizes our veterans for their sacrifices. Smiling on America's Heroes is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of our heroes as they return to civilian life," continued Diana.

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