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Veteran Penny Scotella, of El Sobrante, left, has free dental check-up and service from Dr. Julita Patil, right, as part of Freedom Day USA, a national thank-you to veterans, in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Businesses across the United States joined in on Freedom Day USA by providing free services, goods, discounts and various other offers. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

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Businesses offer free services

Veteran Penny Scotella of El Sobrante, above, receives a free dental checkup from Dr. Julita Patil as part of Freedom Day USA on Sept. 12, in which businesses across the nation offered free services, goods, discounts and other offers as a thank you to those who are serving and those who have served in the military. At Dr. Patil's Concord office, hygienist Kathy Sala, left, checks and cleans the teeth of Theodore Disho, of Concord, who was in the U.S. Air Force for five years.




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