Veterans Outreach Center | Serving Veterans and Their Families

Health Alerts


1. PROSTATE CANCER
If you were an "in-country" veteran of the Vietnam War, you are at higher risk for prostate cancer than are your contemporaries who did not serve in Southeast Asia.

Get an annual prostate checkup! Just do it!

If you have, or have had, prostate cancer...contact us right away - you may be entitled to free medical care and compensation from the VA.

2. HEPATITIS C
If you (or your spouse/partner) served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, you are at a significantly higher risk for Hepatitis C than are those who weren't there. If you were exposed to blood or needles during your tour, your risk is great. If you served in the armed forces, but not in S.E.A., you are still at a greater risk than the civilian population of that time.

Get a Hepatitis C test from your doctor or from the nearest VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic. It wouldn't hurt to get a second test as there have been reports of false negatives.IF YOU WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO APPEAR, YOU HAVE WAITED TOO LONG!

If you have Hepatitis C...contact us right away - you may be entitled to free medical care and compensation from the VA.
For more information: Center for Disease Control

3. DIABETES MELLITUS (Type II)
If you served in Vietnam during the war, you have a higher risk of contracting diabetes than the general population. Ask your doctor to check and monitor your insulin level over time. Early intervention is much preferred over late treatment. If you have diabetes (type II) contact us right away. You may be entitled to free medical care and compensation from the VA.