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The Special Operations community is facing a significant challenge with a high rate of cancer diagnoses and deaths likely due to mission-related exposures. In response to this urgent need, we have established the Philo Project, named after a revered member of our community who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

The Philo Project aims to provide our highest risk members with a FREE full-body MRI facilitated by Prenuvo. This cutting-edge MRI technology offers comprehensive insights into one's health, enabling early detection and proactive management of potential health concerns, including various cancers and over 500 other health conditions. Importantly, the MRI procedure is non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free.

Currently, full-body MRI scans are not available through any veteran or Department of Defense facility. Medical insurance does not cover the cost of this preventative procedure. The lack of accessibility to such preventive and proactive scans poses a significant challenge for service members, their families, and veterans. The Philo Project seeks to bridge this gap by providing these critical screenings to our community.

The scans not only provide detailed results but also include an appointment with a medical provider from Prenuvo to review the scan and address any questions or concerns. In addition to detecting potential health issues early on, the scans also allow for the thorough assessment of conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, injuries, and other underlying health issues that may contribute to mental and physical health challenges. From a mental health perspective, these scans can aid in proper medical diagnosis, addressing issues related to sleep, hormones, mood, and more.

Overall, the Philo Project represents a crucial step towards prioritizing the health and well-being of our Special Operations community members. Through early detection and proactive management, we aim to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of those who have dedicated themselves to serving our nation.



Need more background information?

Want to learn more in-depth details about Prenuvo and its MRI screening?  Read this white paper.

Interested in seeing an example of the report you'll receive?  View this sample report.

If you wish to speak to a FUM who has already completed the process, three members have volunteered to share their experiences. Feel free to contact them with any question about their experience:
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If you have any general questions about how Vigilant Torch will execute the Philo Project, please contact Brian Gellman, Vigilant Torch's Executive Director, at
OUR FAMILY. OUR MISSION. We provide support to active and former members of our select Special Operations community who may or may not be fully served by other military support organizations. To do this, we provide mental health support, emergency relief funds, family maintenance and resilience assistance, and scholarships.

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