When Spc. Brad Gotschall returned from Iraq to Breckenridge, west of Fort Worth, he had been blown up by an IED and suffered broken limbs, but he says it was problems with his teeth that left him in pain. WFAA reports oral deterioration could be related to stresses soldiers face in combat. Problem is, the VA only pays for dental care under certain circumstances.
Sgt. Steve White, Spc. Stevie Chebahtah and Spc. Brad Gotschall all served together in Mosul, Iraq in the 293rd MP Company. It's been years since they returned to the United States, with varying disabilities. The Veterans Administration compensates them for those injuries with one exception: Their mouths.