Breast cancer is a growing concern for U.S. veterans and military service members. While breast cancer affects over 300,000 women each year, it is especially challenging for the women who serve our country.

What is the need?

In the United States:

  • There are currently over 2 million women veterans, and over 225,000 women on active duty.
  • 700 veterans are diagnosed with breast cancer each year through Veterans Affairs Health Care alone.
  • Military women are up to 40% more likely to develop breast cancer than civilians.
  • Over 1 million veterans live below the poverty level and can’t afford the expense of a cancer diagnosis.
  • Many veterans face social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, transportation, and housing costs, that prevent access to timely, quality healthcare.

Women are the fastest-growing demographic in the military. As more women join the military, the number of breast cancer diagnoses will rise. That’s why we must address and remove barriers to early detection, treatment, and survivorship for breast cancer.

What is the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund?

To address this growing need, National Breast Cancer Foundation, in partnership with the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, launched the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund. NBCF will provide financial support to eligible military women diagnosed with breast cancer who face barriers to care, such as:

  • Transportation and childcare costs during treatment
  • Housing and rent costs due to lack of income
  • Groceries to prevent food insecurity
  • Expensive prescription co-pays or underinsured treatment costs

The Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund is a one-time disbursement of up to $800 for eligible service members and veterans.

Eligibility requirements for the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund

The Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund application is open to all active-duty service members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Reserves, or National Guard, as well as veterans who served in those branches and received an honorable discharge, general discharge, or medical discharge.

Applicants must be in active treatment for breast cancer, or have been in treatment within the last 12 months. Applicants must have a current financial hardship and be under 500% of the federal poverty level.

To apply for the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit evidence of military status (copy of Military ID, DD-214, etc.)
  • Agree to complete a post-funding survey if funds are awarded

To apply for the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund, click here:

Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund FAQs

  • Can active-duty and veteran males with breast cancer apply?
  • Yes. If you are a male who meets the eligibility requirements, we want to support you through your breast cancer diagnosis.

  • Are family members of military service members and veterans able to apply?
  • At this time, we are only accepting applications from military members and veterans. We hope to be able to open the application to eligible family members of veterans and active-duty service members in the future.

  • What can I expect after I apply?
  • After submitting your application, it will be reviewed by a committee to determine if funds will be awarded. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision, whether awarded or denied, within 60 days. If awarded, you must verify your address with NBCF. If awarded, a one-time disbursement of up to $800 will be mailed to you.

Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund Community Partners

We are thankful to our community partners who make patient support services, such as the Military Women’s Patient Relief Fund, possible.

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Resources for Service Members and Veterans

NBCF’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. Whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or want to learn more about breast health and the importance of early detection, we have free resources available for you.

Early Detection

Learn more about the early detection of breast cancer, including the signs and symptoms, how to perform a breast self-exam, and mammograms.

Free Educational Guides & eBooks

Access our library of free downloadable resources, including digital eBooks and guides to learn more about breast cancer, healthy living, and more.

National Mammography Program

NBCF’s National Mammography Program provides free and low-cost mammograms to women in need nationwide. Search for a participating facility near you.

Patient Navigation Program

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a patient navigator can help guide you through the complex cancer care system. Your local Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers free patient navigation services to military veterans. You can contact them directly or use the link below to find a patient navigator in your area.


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