Christopher Coker

Having served in the U.S. Army, Dr. John Shillingburg always has had a soft spot for fellow veterans. So, it's no surprise when the board certified oral and maxillofacial specialist and owner of Flower Mound's DFW Oral Surgeons agreed to assist a fellow soldier.

On May 4, Shillingburg will be part of a team rehabilitating the entire mouth of fellow DFW resident Christopher Coker. The approximately eight-hour surgery will be Shillingburg's first under a program called "Operation Restore Oral Health".

The ministry was started a couple of  years ago by fellow oral and maxillofacial surgeon Ray Lee, with whom Shillingburg worked while on a joint 2005-2009 assignment at hospitals at Virginia's Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base. Lee connected Shillingburg with Wayne Kyle, after of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Shillingburg was asked to lead the North Texas efforts to help people like Coker, a Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam.