About the Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN)
Welcome to our disabled veteran support center. My name is Robert Hess. I’m a 90% disabled Vietnam veteran with 80% of my disability combat-related. Almost all of my disability stems from Agent Orange-related prostate cancer and combat-related PTSD. I know first hand the challenges disabled veterans face in getting their lives back on track.
Important Veteran Statistics
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are roughly 22 million veterans in the general U.S. population. The number of veterans from our recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to surge to 3.9 million by 2021, and there still are 7.2 million veterans from the Vietnam war alone.
Roughly 30% of our newest veterans have a service-related disability and almost 8% live in poverty. 16% of our older veteran population are similarly injured and 7% of that broader group are living in poverty.
The Veterans Administration now provides medical care for over 5 million veterans and more than 40,000 veterans are diagnosed each year with cancer. That’s a staggering number. There is a huge need in America’s veteran population.
Why the Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network (DVEN)?
I created the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project 501 c3 non-profit charity in 2006 to help veterans with prostate cancer measure their risk and find their cancers while they still are treatable. We expanded our mission to include support for all cancers in 2016, and the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project became The Cancer Journeys Foundation, also a 501 c3 non-profit charity, EIN 81-1880936.
In 2018, we came to understand the how many veterans are dealing with cancer and the huge number of cancer survivors dealing with PTSD like so many of our veterans. In early 2019, we created the DVEN program to provide more focus on our disabled veteran population.
Thank you for visiting DVEN and for your support of our disabled veteran community.
Disabled American Veterans
Veterans of Foreign Wars