The Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Veterans Dental Clinic at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine was started in honor of the older brother of graduate, John Ferrin, DMD in 2008. Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ferrin was an American hero. He served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Italy, West Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq with the U.S. Army in D Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman. After having a front tooth knocked out during training, Dr. Ferrin watched his older brother struggle to receive proper dental care due to frequent deployments and training and, following his brother’s death, was inspired to provide an avenue for local veterans, who otherwise have limited or no access to care, a place to be treated for free. SFC Ferrin died in action, along with two fellow soldiers, in Baghdad, Iraq on March 13, 2004 by an improvised explosive device.
Today, the clinic functions as a regular clinic ten times per year and serves about 45 veterans at each session, offering a full range of services to qualifying veterans. As a completely student-run clinic, it is the only clinic of its kind in any American dental school and has received a number of national awards including the E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award from the American Dental Association.