Army Vet Gets a Huge Surprise When NASCAR’s Danica Patrick Drives Into Our Studio!

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Playing An Army Vet + His Family Struggle to Keep up With Medical Bills -- That's About to Change

Daryl Pratt—a viewer from St. Augustine, Florida—served almost nine years in the United States Army and sustained injuries while on the job which has led to ongoing problems with his feet, and surgery on his left hip. Now that Pratt is retired, his family’s budget has tightened, and to make matters worse, they don’t have dental coverage.

“We hope to be able to fit it into the budget in the future, but that’s not something we can do right now,” says his wife Stacey. “My hope for our future is happiness and stability, and I’m hoping we can get that soon.”

Did we mention that Pratt also happens to be a huge NASCAR fan? Enter Danica Patrick -- the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. To thank him for his service to our country, we had Patrick drive into our studio in a go-kart to surprise him! And boy was he surprised.

Patrick was the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver, and now she’s teamed up with Aspen Dental to help veterans, like Pratt, get affordable dental care. “I am so proud of all Aspen Dental does to honor and support veterans,” says Patrick. “They have given away more than six million dollars of dental care to thousands of vets, and counting” as part of their Healthy Mouth Movement.

Many veterans don’t have dental insurance so they often struggle to keep up regular dental care, explains Patrick. To help Pratt out, she and Aspen Dental surprised him with a year of free dental care (watch the video to see his wife’s emotional reaction!).

But there’s more! On October 8, 2016, Aspen Dental will honor 1,000 veterans and their guests with a special VIP experience at the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR race -- and they’re sending Pratt and his wife! Vets can sign up to receive their own tickets at Smile4YourService.com. They’ll receive premium grandstand tickets, plus pit passes and access to the Aspen Dental 3 Doors Down Pre-Race Concert completely free of charge for themselves and a guest. The program is a limited-time offer and there is a limited quantity of tickets available so sign up today!

Pratt’s response? He was so speechless, the only words he could muster were “oh my God!”

Danica Patrick is a paid spokesperson for Aspen Dental

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