By Christopher Roberson
To honor the memory of Naval Officer Evan Scollard, Dr. Jeffrey Corbett of North Shore Smiles will be offering complimentary dental services for veterans on Nov. 12 as part of Freedom Day USA.
“The men and women of our Armed Forces make great personal sacrifices in order to secure and protect our freedoms,” said Corbett. “Their families have endured hardships, and some have given all they have so that we may live in peace.”
Corbett said he had known Scollard for eight years before he died in a training accident in March at the age of 23. “I was inspired by Officer Scollard in numerous ways; when I found out he had been killed, I was stunned and extremely saddened,” he said. “Here was a kid who had everything in life ahead of him; he was the type of person that made you feel good, he had a great smile and laugh.”
Corbett also recalled a time during Scollard’s senior year at St. John’s Prep when he offered to speak with Corbett’s son about the prospect of enrolling at the school. “That’s the kind of young man he was: going out of his way for others,” said Corbett. “You could tell he was going to make a great officer and be a great leader; it seemed to come naturally to him.”
Corbett said North Shore Smiles will be offering cleanings, exams, oral cancer screenings and necessary fillings all day free of charge.
He said a number of veterans have already called his office at 1 Post Office Sq. to schedule appointments. “We’ve had a decent response; we would love to be able to fill our day with deserving veterans,” he said.
North Shore Smiles can be reached at 781-592-9779.
According to its website, https://www.freedomdayusa.org/, Freedom Day was founded by Dr. Robert Martino in West Virginia and has grown to become the nation’s largest “thank you movement.”