Veteran's First


The Illinois State Dental Society Foundation will give priority status to 250 U.S. veterans at this year’s Mission of Mercy event at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL. Volunteers will screen up to 250 veterans beginning at 1:00 pm after the clinic is set-up on June 27.  These pre-screened veterans will receive priority status upon the clinic opening on Friday, June 28. 

Program Details:

The ILMOM Program Coordinator and Local Arrangements Committee members will communicate with the local Veterans agencies and clubs (County Veterans Assistance Commissions, VFW Posts, and American Legion Posts) to inform them of the Veterans First Program. In addition, printed materials will be distributed to the County Veterans Assistance Commission.

Veterans should present at the Peoria Civic Center between the hours of 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 27. Signage will direct them to the correct entrance.

Each veteran must present his/her DD214 or appropriate identification ID card to prove that he/she is a U.S. veteran. The veteran can present any one of the following to prove veteran status:

  • Department of Defense Identification Card
  • Veteran Health Identification Card
  • Veteran Identification Card
  • Veteran’s identification on a state-issued identification card
  • DD214 (discharge papers) and photo identification

Each veteran will receive a numbered armband corresponding to the number on his/her registration form.  The veteran must wear the armband upon presenting to the clinic the following day so that the record folder can be easily located. If a pre-screened veteran presents to the clinic on Friday, without an armband, he/she may have to re-do the registration, screening and triage.

The Veterans First Program will include the following ILMOM services on Thursday of the event:

  • Registration
  • Medical Triage
  • Dental Triage
  • X-Rays

Each pre-screened veteran will be instructed to enter or line up at the Veterans First entrance at 7:30 am on Friday.  The veterans will receive priority entry to the clinic and enter via a different door than the public.

Veterans who arrive later than 7:30 am will need to enter at the end of the general public line. Volunteers will monitor the Veterans First entry door and ensure patients are appropriately escorted. Ten veterans will be admitted at a time beginning promptly at 7:30 am.

Upon lining up at the Veterans First door, Line Volunteers will distribute folders to the veterans, matching the individual veteran’s folder to his/her armband number. Each Veterans First participant will receive his/her Registration Record, and a clipboard. 

All Veterans First participants must be seen again in Medical Triage on Friday.  Upon clearance in Medical Triage, veterans will be escorted to Dental Routing and then to the clinical waiting area or directly to a treatment chair. 

When treatment is completed, each veteran will be escorted to the Patient Exit Interview station for processing.

Please join us in saluting our veterans at Illinois Mission of Mercy in Peoria!