Veterans Day: By the time I saw my VA doctor, he said it was too late

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Had I been seen by a doctor sooner, my cancer could have been detected before it had progressed so far. Now it was too late. My cancer was so advanced the VA wouldn’t even offer me a treatment option. I had joined the U.S. Army in 1989 as a young, ambitious kid. I honorably served my country for 18 years in the infantry …