Tillman Smiles - January 2020





For many years, I was a member of Rotary International. I still love their motto, “Service above self.”While it describes the goal of every Rotarian, it also describes the reality of those who serve America in the military. All across the world, Americans are and have been putting themselves in harm’s way to protect American citizens and values. I truly admire them for their sacrifice to protect and defend our country. I have several men and women patients who served or currently serve America. Bill McIntyre is one of these men. He served America proudly during World War II. I love seeing this 99-year-old hero in his “World War II Veteran” hat come in for his regular dental cleanings. I try to pull away from my normal day to visit with him and listen to a story or two. Bill served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Naples, Italy. He served in Italy after General Patton led the U.S. 7th Army into Sicily, and Bill was stationed in Naples, overseeing many combat missions out of the city. He always seems surprised at the gratitude shown to him. During a trip to Germany, two German soldiers thanked him for

his service. “I was really shocked but know the German people realized what Hitler had done.”

For the Huitt family, military service seems like it’s in their blood. Harlan, or “Norm” as many call him, served for 24 years in the Air Force and was stationed in Ancora, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Guam, and Tripoli serving as an air traffic controller, in communications, and with the Air Force’s weather station. One of his sons, Richard, also served in the Air Force with their C-5 program in aircraft repair on the cargo plane. He mostly served at Travis Air Force Base during his 20-year career. Richard’s brother, James, also a patient, was in the Coast Guard serving in Long Beach, California; Galveston, Texas; Washington; Virginia; and New Jersey during his military career. Yes, the Huitts have provided nearly 70 years of military service to our country. Quite a legacy!

I am personally moved by their service and was struggling to find a way to honor our military. So, I plan to give away FREE , completely comprehensive dental care to a military veteran who has significant dental needs and can’t afford the cost of care. Maybe they need some teeth extracted and a denture. Perhaps they need implants or just fillings and crowns but can’t afford them. If you are a veteran, or you know a veteran in need of dentistry but can’t afford it, we want to hear from you. Please call us at our office at 817-332-9303 or send your contact information to mdavidtillman@hotmail.com with a copy of your discharge papers. Then on Presidents Day, Feb. 17, also known as Washington’s birthday, we will pick somebody to receive free dentistry. Good Luck!


Dr. Tillman with 99-year-old World War II veteran, Bill McIntyre

Dr. Tillman with James Huitt, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard

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