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Letter: Dr. Randy Roget is a ‘quiet hero’ who went above and beyond

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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:00 am

This letter is written by a proud and happy mom to let you know that there walks a quiet hero in your midst — Dr. Randy Roget, to whom I give my heartfelt thanks for helping my son with his dental needs.

It has been 20 years of physical and mental suffering struggling to obtain assistance with a Veterans Affairs claim to fix the damage which was created during his 10 years of service in the Navy. We have contacted senators, representatives, assemblymen, as well as an attorney who assists veterans, all to no avail.

During his naval service, several teeth were removed, and my son was continually deployed to areas where no dental assistance was available. Upon his discharge during the era of military cutbacks, he was denied an exit dental exam, and continually told through the veterans dental clinics that they would not assist him unless he declared he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This was a man who does not believe in lying to get the treatment he requested. He was hesitant to seek private dental care because he believed in his heart that his application would be denied if he had dental work performed before his claim could be processed. Years of “lost records,” “lost claims,” phone calls, trips to Oakland and the final straw of being told the claim was canceled brought my son to a very low point.

A dear family friend, Phil Litts, approached Dr. Roget to ask if there was anything he could do. Words cannot convey the magnitude of my gratitude for the kindness and consideration of Dr. Roget, who re-instilled in my son a belief that there are people who care.

How sad that this young man who dreamed and trained for military service with the intent of a naval career was treated so badly by the representatives of our country for whom he gave his all.

My son’s outlook on life and demeanor have changed because of the kindness of a quiet hero who gave a forgotten hero a chance to smile again.

Carole Elbert


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