Retired Army Veteran Robert Hess joins me on the Born To Talk Radio Show Podcast on September 12th from 1-2 PT.
Robert graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in 1967. He described his military experience as an educational adventure.
Along the way, he traveled widely in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He flew helicopters in combat, led an infantry platoon in combat, and served on a nuclear weapons release team in Europe. Then he spent three years in the intelligence business in the Pentagon. During that time he commanded an armored cavalry unit in Germany. Robert also served as a political-military officer in the US Department of State. While he was serving, Robert learned French and German. He published his first articles on foreign policy and learned the value of checklists, continual learning, and the backward planning process.
After retiring from the US Army, Robert worked in government relations for a French aerospace company. After which, he migrated to California where he earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. All of this led him to his charity work.
Cancer Journeys Foundation.
In 2003, Robert officially became a prostate cancer survivor. He created a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP), to reduce the prostate cancer death toll through early detection.
In 2010, Robert’s prostate cancer awareness efforts included a solo, 8,400-mile motorcycle ride across the US. It was during that time that he generated 10 state Prostate Cancer proclamations. In 2016, he broadened the PCAP’s mission to include support for all cancer survivors and merged it into a new cancer charity, the Cancer Journeys Foundation.
The PCAP Mission
“Our mission is to significantly increase the prostate cancer survivor rate by dramatically increasing the rate of early detection, with the objective that no man experiences a surprise, post-metastasis prostate cancer diagnosis. We do this through awareness events around the country and through our free early detection tool, ProstateTracker.”
Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN)
Robert’s life of surprises wasn’t over. In 2017, he received a PTSD diagnosis, 48 years after his last combat tour. Turns out, he had been carrying repressed memories all that time. That’s when his Army training kicked in once again. He created a program under the Cancer Journeys Foundation umbrella to help reduce the annual veteran suicide death. The Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN).
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us have family and friends that have been affected by Prostate Cancer.
For Veterans that have experienced PTSD, Robert will be sharing how his charity program is making a difference.
Tune in for this informative podcast.
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