Military Veterans

Veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides in the Vietnam or Korean wars are at a greater risk for the possibility of developing prostate cancer, and they are more likely to have an aggressive form of the disease.

Content on this web page is offered as a resource to veterans. In addition to helpful links on prostate cancer testing, treatment, and management of side effects, resources include information on support groups, financial assistance, insurance information, and other services. If you have a helpful resource that should be listed here, please contact veterans@ustoo.org.

Us TOO is a nonprofit organization that provides educational resources and support services to the prostate cancer community at no charge. We acknowledge and thank the following corporate sponsor for their support, which helped to make the delivery of this content possible.

“As Vietnam Veterans who served ‘in country’ in Vietnam, we were all exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. Many of us who came home may have developed a very aggressive form of prostate cancer which is now determined by the Veterans Administration to be ‘service connected’ for disability compensation. We are more likely to have a higher incidence of this disease as well as a more aggressive form of it. This puts each of us in categories of greater risk and warrants that we are diligent in making sure that we are diagnosed early, evaluated competently, and cared for appropriately, whether it be in the VA or private sector. Know that Us TOO understands your challenges as veterans and stands by to help you and your families ...veteran to veteran …  SURVIVORS!”   

Bob Wright, Us TOO Support Group Leader
Battalion Surgeon`s Assistant
First Lieutenant Medical Service Corps
1/502nd Infantry Battalion
101st Airborne Division Vietnam 1969-1970

Awarded Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star , Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal

Read Bob's Prostate Cancer Tips & Advice to Help our “Band of Brothers"

Prostate Cancer Facts

  • Prostate cancer has no symptoms until the disease is advanced
  • More than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year
  • More than 2 million men in the U.S. are living with a prostate cancer diagnosis
  • That number is estimated to climb to 4 million by 2024 as the baby boomer generation ages
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (following skin cancer)
  • It’s the second most common cause of death from cancer in men (following lung cancer)
  • Nearly 30,000 men die every year from prostate cancer

High-Risk Criteria

AGE: 97% are men age 50+ and 60% are men 65+
RACE: African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer; they are 60% more likely to develop the disease and more than twice as likely to die from it compared to Caucasian men
GENETICS: Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer
CHEMICAL EXPOSURE: Vietnam & Korean War veterans exposed to Agent Orange (or men exposed to excessive chemicals) are at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer

Testing for Prostate Cancer

  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test
  • DRE (digital rectal exam)
  • If prostate cancer is suspected, it is diagnosed with a biopsy

Find more information about testing to detect prostate cancer.

Once diagnosed, there is no single “best” treatment for prostate cancer.

Recognize that every prostate cancer treatment has side effects.

Find information on advanced prostate cancer.

Agent Orange

Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Visit the U.S. 'Department of Veterans Affairs' Agent Orange website or call (800) 827-1000.

Prostate Cancer Overview

CLICK HERE to view video of the Us TOO Community Conversation on Prostate Cancer. The presentation addresses the importance of informed decision making for all prostate cancer survivors and caregivers specific to testing, active surveillance, treatment options for all phases of prostate cancer, and management of side effects. Video has been edited by topic for easy access. 

Support & Education

There’s not a well-worn path from a prostate cancer diagnosis to any "best" treatment. Before making any treatment decisions at any stage of managing the disease, it is very important to invest the time and energy to become fully informed about all appropriate treatment options and the potential management of related side effects. Prostate cancer survivors who attend meetings—sometimes along with spouses/partners—find invaluable information and perspective from their peers who quite often have "been there - done that" relative to their experience managing the various aspects of prostate cancer. The interactive format of a support group meeting is an educational forum that facilitates conversations to exchange information among group members assembled with the common goal of empowering each other with the knowledge that comes from experience.

Us TOO Military Prostate Cancer Support Group & Educational Forum


San Antonio (Fort Sam Houston), TX
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Dr.
Pediatric Conference Room # TN 122
1st Floor Pediatric Hall
Fort Sam Houston, TX   78234
First Tuesday of the Month
1730 - 1830 (5:30 - 6:30pm)
Contact: Janet Schadee, RN MHA – Urology Oncology Clinic Nurse
Email: janet.s.schadee.civ@mail.mil
Phone: (210) 916-1640

Bethesda, MD
Us TOO Chapter Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
River Conference Room, 3rd Floor Building 19 (America Building)
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD  20889

Quarterly Meetings and Monthly Meetings (Call for Details)
Contact : James Thompson
Email : cw5t0406@gmail.com
Phone: (715) 760-2702

Buffalo, NY
Us TOO Buffalo Metro Chapter
VA Med Center - 3rd Floor Room 301
3495 Bailey Ave.
Buffalo, NY  14215   

First Tuesday of the Month
7:00 - 9:00pm         
Contact : Bill Krellner
Email : racer3232@verizon.net
Phone : (716) 836-4761

Milwaukee, WI
Us TOO VA Medical Center of Milwaukee
VA Med Center 7th Floor GU Clinic A753
Milwaukee, WI  53202

Third  Wednesday of the Month (Except January and February)
4:00 - 5:30pm
Contact: Norm Thoresen
Email: N.Thoresen@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (414) 384-2000 x42114

Us TOO has more than 250 prostate cancer support groups & educational forums in the U.S. and abroad. CLICK HERE to find a location near you. If you can’t find a group near you, or if you are unable to attend, you can join a call-in group at www.ancan.org/support-calls.

Click here to join the online discussion group for military veterans on Inspire.

Resources for Military Veterans

Topic Info Website

Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers

Homes that have been foreclosed on through the VA home loan program are available at a discounted purchase price to qualified homeless veterans

http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/homeloans/homelessshelterprogram.pdf

Advocacy

Advocacy Connector

www.advocacyconnector.com

Agent Orange

Agent Orange information (VA benefits/compensation)

www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/benefits/index.asp

Benefits (A to Z)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

http://benefits.va.gov/atoz/

Disability Advisor

Information on Disability Benefits for Veterans

https://www.disabilityadvisor.com/veterans-benefits/

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program

VA program provides healthcare services for homeless veterans

http://www.va.gov/homeless/hchv.asp
Homeless Accommodation Directory Use this directory to locate safe accommodation options nearby if you are in need of a place to sleep. https://www.homelessaccommodation.com/
Homeless Shelters and Housing Options Find out about available local housing options. https://www.thehomelessassistant.com/

My Prostate Cancer Roadmap

A resource guide for veterans

https://www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com/

Self-Help Guide 

Service-connected disability compensation for exposure to Agent Orange

https://vva.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AgentOrangeGuide.pdf

(800) 882-1316.

Support Dogs

Support dogs provide a great service in helping with the physical and emotional needs of veterans

www.k9sforwarriors.org
vetsadoptpets.org/vetservicedogs.html
www.patriotpaws.org/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Agent Orange website

VA offers eligible veterans a free Agent Orange registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to exposure

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/index.asp (800) 827-1000

VA’s Health Registry

Environmental Health Registry Evaluation for Veterans

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/benefits/registry-evaluation.asp

Veteran Relief Fund

Financial assistance to honorably discharged veterans who have an extreme hardship and proof of that hardship (this assistance is in the form of a grant)

http://militarybratsinc.org/veteran-relief-fund/

Veterans Benefits for Seniors

In addition to benefits available to all U.S. military veterans, two VA programs provide certain eligible elderly veterans with additional monetary benefits

http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-elderly.asp

Veterans Choice Program

Provides veterans the option to receive non-VA health care from approved providers in their community

http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/

866-606-8198

Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure

Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp

Service Organizations Assisting Military Veterans

Need Immediate Help? Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, www.veteranscrisisline.net

Resource Services Website Phone

Air Force Aid Society

Emergency assistance and education help for Air Force service members and their families

http://www.afas.org/

(703) 972-2650

American Legion

Benefits, career, education, health, and finance

www.legion.org

(800) 433-3318

American Red Cross Hero Care Center

Emergency travel, burying a loved one, food and shelter in an emergency and other similar expenses

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/financial-assistance

(877) 272-7337

AMVETS

Benefits, career and support

www.amvets.org

(877) 726-8387

Army Emergency Relief

Interest-free loans, grants and scholarships to qualified Army members and their families, including veterans

https://www.aerhq.org/

(866) 878-6378

Catholic War Veterans

Support and resources

www.cwvusa.org

(703) 549-3622

Center for Minority Veterans U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Information and resources

www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans

(800) 827-1000

Center for Prostate Disease Research

 

Research and education

www.cpdr.org

 

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

Financial aid to needy members of the Coast Guard family

http://www.cgmahq.org/

(800) 881-2462

Disabled American Veterans

Services, transportation, outreach and support

www.dav.org/veterans/i-need-a-ride/

(877) 426-2838

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Education, resources, and support

www.jwv.org

(202) 265-6280

Korean War Veterans Association

Education, resources, and support

www.kwva.org

(863) 859-1384

Marine Corps League

Events and community

www.mclnational.org

(800) 625-1775

Military Family Network

Support

www.emilitary.org

(412) 531-1970

Military Officers Association of America

Education, careers, health and finance

www.moaa.org

 (800) 234-6622

Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation

Services for the combat wounded

www.purpleheart.org

(703) 354-2140

National Association for Black Veterans

Education and support

www.nabvets.org

(877) 622-8387

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Grant programs available to assist homeless veterans in finding and affording a safe home

http://nchv.org/index.php/service/service/grants/  

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Financial assistance, educational help, budgeting and financial counseling, emergency travel funds and disaster relief for qualified individuals who are serving or have served in the Navy or Marines

http://www.nmcrs.org/

(703) 696-4904

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Support, health, legal, and resources

www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLcJ2E/b.6305401/k.27D1/Paralyzed_Veterans_of_America.htm

(800) 795-4327

Vet Center Program

Individual and group counseling

www.vetcenter.va.gov

(800) 827-1000

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans and their families and friends in crisis connect with qualified responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

(800) 273-8255

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Benefits, services, and financial support 

www.vfw.org

(816) 756-3390

Walter Reed National Military

Medical Center

Healthcare services

www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil

 (301) 319-2900

Vietnam Veterans of America

Services, outreach, and advocacy for Vietnam vets

www.vva.org

 (301) 585-4000

Wounded Warrior Project

Rehabilitation, counseling, services, employment and advocacy

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

(877) 832-6997


Transportation

If you need help with transportation, Disabled American Veterans transports Veterans with disabilities to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities for doctors’ appointments, medical tests and treatment. DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Directory.

For other transportation options visit www.disability.gov/can-get-help-finding-ride.

Information on Support Dogs

Support dogs provide a great service in helping with the physical and emotional needs of veterans. Following are some resources on support dogs:

www.k9sforwarriors.org
vetsadoptpets.org/vetservicedogs.html
www.patriotpaws.org/

End of Life Benefits

Topic Info Website

Burial Benefits

Service-related deaths are eligible for up to $2,000 in burial expenses, while non-service-related deaths are eligible for up to $749 in burial and funeral expenses

http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-burial.asp

VA National Cemetery Burial

 

Qualified veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents, can be buried at no cost to the family in VA national cemeteries located across the country

http://www.cem.va.gov/

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