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Rep. Ratcliffe honors Rockwall resident for helping local veteran in need

Presents Lone Star Award to recognize extraordinarily selfless service

Washington, DC, April 21, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) formally recognized a Rockwall resident Thursday for his extraordinary efforts to help a veteran in need. Stan Lowrance, a local dentist, received the “John Ratcliffe Lone Star Award” for providing pro bono dental care to a veteran who could not afford treatment for her painful condition.

The veteran receiving treatment from Lowrance underwent successful cancer treatment through the VA several years ago, but she was unable to afford care for the dental issues stemming from her chemotherapy and radiation because dental treatment is not covered by the VA.

Upon hearing of this veteran’s story from another of his patients, Tom Galli, Lowrance stepped in to offer his dental services, free of cost.

“Although we can never fully repay our veterans for their great sacrifices on behalf of our country, I’m very encouraged by the great work being done by folks throughout the Northeast Texas community that shows their sacrifices will never be forgotten,” Ratcliffe said.

“I was very touched by Stan’s gracious efforts to help a local veteran who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to receive the treatment she needed. Stories like this should inspire us all to do more for our neighbors who are in need.”

Ratcliffe created the Lone Star Award in 2016 as a way to honor constituents in Texas’ 4th District who perform exceptional acts of kindness to help others in their community who otherwise might go unrecognized.

Lowrance is the fifth person out of the 18 counties Ratcliffe represents to receive the Lone Star Award.