Robert Hess

Thank you Robert Hess for joining me on the Born To Talk Radio Show Podcast.

Robert Hess.


To begin with, Robert Hess graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, VMI. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in 1967.  Why did he choose VMI and the Army? He will be telling us about what he learned in his military career.



September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2003, Robert officially became a prostate cancer survivor.  Subsequently, he created a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP) to reduce the prostate cancer death toll through early detection.  How many of us have family and friends that have been affected by prostate cancer? I venture to guess, that we all know someone that has received this diagnosis.  As Robert points out, Prostate cancer isn’t just a man’s disease. Prostate cancer affects the entire family.

The best current screening tool for the early detection of prostate cancer is the simple PSA blood test.  Men need to take the test each year and personally track any change in their PSA value from one year to the next.  As of 2012, there are 27 different variants of prostate cancer.  No one knows the exact cause of the disease. What is known, however, is that prostate cancer is very treatable if it is detected early. That’s why Robert created a free ProstateTracker early warning system, which he will be telling us about.

Did You Know?

43% of all prostate cancers occur in men younger than 65.

Follow these three simple steps to give yourself and your family “prostate cancer insurance.”

  1. Have a PSA blood test annually beginning at age 35
  2. Personally track your PSA number using ProstateTrackerTM
  3. See your doctor right away if your PSA is rising


In 2017, what can as a shock to Robert, some 48 years after his last combat tour of duty, was his PTSD diagnosis. He wasn’t aware he had been suppressing memories all that time. Robert realized he could make a difference and created a program in 2019 under the Cancer Journeys FoundationDisabled Veteran Empowerment Network.

They have a Two-Fold Mission:

  • To connect disabled veterans, their caregivers, and supporters with benefits provided by the Veterans Administration and other veteran charities that provide genuine support, and
  • To play a meaningful role in reducing the suicide toll of America’s veterans

What’s Next?

DVEN has a big event coming up on October 22, 2022.  Rally4Vets Top Dog.

The DVEN/Rally4Vets Top Dog Championship offers an opportunity for the motorsports enthusiast community to help reduce veteran suicides by raising the awareness level about veteran suicide.  The participants include veterans, active-duty personnel, family members, and just friends of military service.   The event supports the mission of the Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network.   People can come together in a friendly, low-risk environment to compete for bragging rights and to have their Branch of Service inscribed on the DVEN Top Dog Trophy.

Robert’s Takeaways.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do and experience many things during my career.  My charity/advocacy work is, my third career and it’s pretty exciting knowing I’m making a difference in people’s lives.  I think we all are destined to give back to society in some fashion.  I would encourage everyone to explore charities.  Choose to work in an area that interests them and then join in. Lend a helping hand.  I guarantee the experience will be emotionally rewarding.  If you can make one person’s life better, do it.”

In Closing.

This is a very informative podcast. Robert is dedicated to his work. You will hear his passion for his charities. Check out his websites to learn more and tell your friends.

Lastly, but equally important, Thank You for your Service Robert!


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