Veterans and Cancer

March 3, 2022

Active-duty military members, veterans and their families face unique challenges when navigating a cancer diagnosis. In addition to the extra complexities that can come with navigating the military and VA healthcare systems, cancer treatment and side effects can prevent members from performing required duties which can affect overall service eligibility and career outcomes. 

The Colon Club brought together veterans and VA representatives to discuss some of these challenges and share strategies to cope with the complexities that come with a cancer diagnosis in the military community. 

The recording can be found here:


Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors:   

VA Travel:    

VA Caregiver Support Program 

Presumptive Disability Benefits

Agent Orange: 

Exposure Ed

Claims Inquiry

Virtual Claims Clinic (Link to schedule a telephone, in-person, or virtual visit with a St. Petersburg VA Regional Office Representative, Mon-Fri 9 am to 3 pm)

Veterans Benefit Administration

VA Health Chat

Compassionate Allowances

Clinical Contact Center

FundFinder – helps with financials

The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 extended the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages BWN Veterans, dependents, and survivors to file a claim for disability compensation if they believe they are entitled. WAYS TO FILE A CLAIM Apply using the guidance at
•    I am a Blue Water Navy Veteran who filed an herbicide exposure claim before, but was denied in the past and wants to file another claim now. DO NOTHING –Stayed BWN claims are now being decided
•    I am a Blue Water Navy Veteran who never filed an herbicide-related claim but wants to now. USE VA FORM 21-526EZ
•    I am a Blue Water Navy Veteran who filed an herbicide exposure claim or appeal prior to Jan. 1, 2020 and it was stayed (currently in system). USE VA FORM 20-0995

White House VA Hotline

SWOG – promoting cancer clinical trial access for veterans

The Colon Club 

Cancer Support Community:

Cancer Care 

Living With Cancer

Man Up to Cancer

Paltown Second Opinion Project

Triage Cancer (Legal Services)

US Veterans Magazine

Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge

Suicide Crisis Line
800-273-8255, press 1 for Veterans

Semper Fi & Americas Fund