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Nov 24, 2020

Georgia School of Orthodontics, with two patient clinics in metro Atlanta, honors children of Purple Heart recipients with free braces.

By Lesley Gamwell, Neighbor
Nov 10, 2020 5:27 pm ET

Retired United States Marine Sergeant Major Justin Ezell is a Purple Heart and bronze star recipient who proudly served his country during his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He learned about a partnership between Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) and the Georgia Dental Foundation that provides children of Purple Heart recipients with free braces.

“This program has made such a positive impact on my 13-year-old son, Carson, who is currently benefitting from GSO’s free orthodontic care,” said Ezell, a resident of Marietta, Georgia. “I am humble and appreciative that GSO gives to Purple Heart recipients in a way that is so transformational.”

Retired U.S. Marine Sergeant Major Justin Ezell is a Purple Heart and bronze star recipient whose son, Carson, is currently receiving complimentary orthodontic treatment through the Purple Heart Smiles Program offered by GSO. (Photo courtesy of Ezell family)

Since its inception in 2016, GSO, the largest orthodontic residency program in the United States with two patient clinics serving metro Atlanta, has made it an ongoing mission to support veterans and military personnel. GSO has invested more than $108,000 into Purple Heart Smiles and as the program continues to grow there is no limit to the number of qualified recipients.

Active military receive savings throughout the year for orthodontic treatment and the School has several veterans on their faculty and staff.

U.S. Army Sergeant Major Kyle Margelofsky, a Purple Heart recipient, husband, and father of five stationed in Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC has reason to smile as this month marks the beginning of free orthodontic treatment for four of his five children through Purple Heart Smiles.

United States Army Sergeant Major Kyle Margelofsky, a Purple Heart recipient, and his wife, Abbie, are able to provide kids, Ella, 11; Caleb, 9; Jonas, 8; and Ada, 6, with free braces through the program provided by Georgia School of Orthodontics. (Photo courtesy of the Margelofsky family)

“Kids can be cruel and I know from personal experience that being teased about how your teeth look, especially when you are young, can contribute to low self-esteem,” said Margelofsky’s wife, Abbie. “We could not afford to give our kids braces and a brighter future without this life-altering program offered by GSO.”

To qualify for the Purple Heart Smiles program, a potential recipient must be the son/daughter of a Purple Heart recipient or have a recipient serving as their legal guardian. To apply online, go to http://www.bracestoday.com/purple-heart-smiles

For more information about GSO, visit GSOrthodontics.org. To schedule a complimentary consultation, visit bracestoday.com or call 770.351.7737.

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