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Borne the Battle recognizes each battle, challenge, and sacrifice our Veterans endure during and after their service, as well as spotlighting important resources, offices, and benefits VA offers our Veterans.The Department of Veterans Affairs does not endorse or officially sanction any entities that… read more

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#280: Benefits Breakdown, Precision Medicine w/ Million Veteran Program

June 6th, 2022


This week’s Borne the Battle – a benefits breakdown – features the Million Veteran Program (MVP), which is a national, voluntary research program to …

#279 Memorial Day w/ MG (ret.) Charles Swannack, Speedway MotorSports’ VP of Armed Forces Affairs

May 30th, 2022


Retired Army Major General Charles (Chuck) Swannack, Jr. served in various command and staff positions during his thirty-plus years in the Army. He commanded the 82nd Airborne Division from October 2002 to May 2004, …

#278 Recovering After Loss w/ MG (ret.) Mark Graham, US Army, Vets4Warriors, Father

May 23rd, 2022


Major General (retired) Mark Graham lost his two sons, Jeffrey and Kevin, less than a year apart from one another. Their deaths came unexpectedly and rocked the course of his life forever. For him, happiness will never …

BtB Rewind: Nate Boyer, Army Veteran, Green Beret, Seattle Seahawk, Community Organizer

May 16th, 2022


This week we revisit Army Green Beret Veteran and 37 year old NFL rookie Nate Boyer’s interview.

#277 Rising Through Two Transitions with Army Veteran Olivia Nunn, Communications Director, Podcast Host

May 9th, 2022


Olivia Nunn knew from a young age that she would join the Army one day; her father had been a combat engineer. She planned to attend the U.S. …

#276 Navy Veteran Ken Harbaugh, Nonprofit Entrepreneur, Podcast Host

May 2nd, 2022


Navy Veteran Ken Harbaugh grew up in a family of military pilots but never really thought about joining the military himself. However, in a moment of …

BtB Rewind: Benefits Breakdown, Burn Pit Registry

April 18th, 2022


Are you one of the 3 million Veterans eligible to join VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR)? If you were exposed to toxic materials during your service and are worried about how it might affect you, …

BtB Rewind: William "Mr. Feeny" Daniels, WWII Veteran, Actor, President of Screen Actors Guild

April 11th, 2022


Before he was Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World or KITT on Knight Rider, William Daniels was a soldier in the U.S. Army. Daniels was drafted into the Army …

BtB Rewind: Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke and USA Basketball, Army Veteran, 13 Final Fours

April 4th, 2022


In honor of Coach K's record breaking 13th and final - Final Four appearance - this week we go back in time and revisit his Borne the Battle interview.

#274 Veteran Treatment Courts w/ Army Veteran Fred Bourjaily, National Commander, Combat Infantry Badge Association

March 28th, 2022


Six. That was the number of black bags Army Veteran Frederick Bourjaily and his comrades carried back to base after completing his first operation …

#273 Proudly She Served, Navy and Combat Pilot Veteran, Linda Maloney

March 21st, 2022


At age 17, Linda Maloney knew that she wanted more. Her parents were divorced and couldn't afford to send her to college. Looking to take control of …

#272 Bad Robot Productions, NFTs and Wushu w/ Navy Veteran Andrew Bliss

March 14th, 2022


Navy Veteran Andrew Bliss always wanted to work in the video production industry, but his journey wasn't straightforward. Before serving in the military, Bliss was an accomplished professional martial artist with over …

#271 Preserving Little Known History w/ Army Veteran Tim McCoy

February 28th, 2022


Tim McCoy was born in Fort Jackson, S.C. and grew up in a military environment. He eventually joined the military and gave almost 26 years of service until a health condition forced him out. Despite his abrupt …

#270 Benefits Breakdown: VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

February 21st, 2022


This week’s Borne the Battle – a benefits breakdown – features the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). They are an internal accountability office that protects and advocates for …

#269 Airman to 4-Star General w/ Air Force Veteran Larry O. Spencer

February 14th, 2022


With 44 years of service under his belt, Air Force Veteran, four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Larry Spencer decided that he earned a well-deserved break and retired on a Friday in …

#268 Active Duty Operational Support Orders and Red Carpet Interviews w/ Marine Veteran Elysa Acosta-Millan

February 7th, 2022


Elysa Acosta-Millan was inspired by her brother to join the armed forces. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in the weeks following 9/11, and …

#267 Founding Father of the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program, Army Veteran Greg Williams, Human Pattern Recognition Specialist

January 31st, 2022


This week’s Borne the Battle features Army Veteran Greg Williams, who has over 30 years of experience  training the skills and techniques used to identify specific human behavior patterns. Over that time, he's …

#266 The Origins of Drone / Unmanned Warfare

January 24th, 2022


With over two decades of experience, Mark Cooter and Alec Bierbauer have been called the “Wright Brothers” of the U.S. drone warfare program. They were the ones – in January 2000 – who were tasked with finding terrorist …

#265 Benefits Breakdown: SSVF Program

January 17th, 2022


SSVF is a program administered by VA to rapidly rehouse Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. National director of the SSVF program, John Kuhn, joins this episode of Borne the Battle to speak on the …

#264 Veteran RoundTable: Afghanistan Withdrawal / Evacuation

December 6th, 2021


Approximately four months have passed since the Afghanistan withdrawal. Since then, Veterans across the country have grappled with figuring out what …

BtB Rewind: VA Vet Centers

November 29th, 2021


Original Air Date - 9/25/2019

2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of  VA's Vet Centers. They started as outreach for Vietnam Veterans who did not utilize the VA as much as WWII Veterans.

This week’s interview is Pennsylvania …

BtB Rewind: Alaska Native American Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019

November 22nd, 2021


Original Air Date -7/27/2021

This week's episode of Borne the Battle features one of its largest panels to date, as representatives from VA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) break down the details of the Alaska …

BtB Rewind: Lakota Warrior and Vietnam Veteran Dr. Robert Primeaux

November 15th, 2021


Originally Aired - 11/20/2019:

Native American Vietnam Veteran Robert Primeaux shared his journey from a Lakota reservation to the Army, to Hollywood.

#263: Marine Corps Birthday Episode, Kelly "Murph" Murphy, CBS Tough as Nails Winner, Model for Ariat International

November 8th, 2021


When Marine Corps Veteran Kelly Murphy began an Instagram account to document his workouts, he never dreamed that it would lead him to becoming the …

#262: Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with Air Force Veteran DJ Vanas

November 1st, 2021


If there is anyone who knows what it means to be a warrior, it is Air Force Veteran D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas. D.J. Vanas travels around the country speaking at conventions packed with audience members, giving motivational …

#261: BJJ Evangelist, Meme Generator and Professional Educator, Marine Veteran Tim Davis

October 25th, 2021


At first glance, Tim Davis was not an ideal candidate for the Marine Corps. Although he had wanted to join the Marines since grade school, Davis was …

#260: Benefits Breakdown, VA Mobile Apps

October 18th, 2021


This week's Borne the Battle – a benefits breakdown – features VA Mobile Mental Health Apps, which provides free tools and information to support and …

#259: Counterfeit Pills w/ DEA Agent and Navy Veteran Bill Czopek

October 11th, 2021


When Bill Czopek decided to transfer to the Naval Academy, he knew that he wanted the structure and support of a military career. Through persistence and dedication, he was accepted. Little did he know, that experience …

#258: 100 Year Old WWII Army/Air Force Veteran Fannie Griffin McClendon, "Six Triple Eight"

October 4th, 2021


In 1945, warehouses in Birmingham, England, were brimming with unsent postal mail intended for U.S. soldiers at the frontlines. At the same time, …

#257: Army Veteran Vincent "Rocco" Vargas, Entrepreneur, Entertainer, Actor on Mayans MC on FX

September 27th, 2021


If you know of Black Rifle Coffee Company or watch Mayans MC on FX, you may already know this week’s Borne the Battle guest – Army Veteran, entrepreneur, actor and overall entertainer Vincent Vargas.

It was a windy road …

#256: Primetime Emmy Award Winning Foley Artist and Marine Veteran David Bonilla

September 20th, 2021


David Bonilla grew up in El Monte, California, where, as a child, he had the opportunity to be involved with a few film projects. Through his …

BtB Rewind: September 11th with Dr. John Baxter - Air Force Veteran, 9/11 First Responder, SecDef's Flight Surgeon

September 11th, 2021


On September 11, 2001, Air Force flight surgeon John Baxter showed up to work at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, to a full load of patients and …

#255: Benefits Breakdown, HUD-VASH Program

September 6th, 2021


This episode of Borne the Battle – a benefits breakdown – features HUD-VASH, a collaborative program between HUD and VA that provides support to help …

#254: Elder Scrolls Online QA Testing w/ Army Veteran Tommy Davis, Zenimax Media

August 30th, 2021


On this episode of Borne the Battle, Army Veteran Tommy Davis shares his story about deploying to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Afghanistan, then later working in the video game industry.

Tommy always enjoyed …

#253: Sabotaging WW3 with Army Green Beret James Stejskal, Detachment A, Author, CIA Operations Officer

August 23rd, 2021


Army Veteran James Stejskal spent nine years in West Berlin during the Cold War, serving in a clandestine and small special forces unit known as

BONUS: On Afghanistan

August 17th, 2021


Links to programs and resources mentioned in this episode:

#252: Surviving the Mob and Hue City w/ Marine Veteran John Ligato

August 16th, 2021


In 1954, the United States became actively involved in the Vietnam War. John Ligato followed suit and joined the Marine Corps to serve his country …

#251: Benefits Breakdown - VA's Community Care Program

August 9th, 2021


VA's Office of Community Care (OCC) aims to place the choice of provider in the hands of eligible Veterans and assist them in finding the best options for their care.

On this episode of Borne the Battle, Dr. Elizabeth …

#250: Billy Mills - Olympic Gold Medalist, Marine Veteran, Lakota Warrior

August 2nd, 2021


One day, while in his university dormitory in the late 1950s, Billy Mills opened a window and set a chair against it. He then got up on the chair and mentally prepared himself to jump. As he stood, he thought about his …

BtB Rewind: Marine Veteran, Hollywood Stuntwoman, Leaphy Khim

July 26th, 2021


This week we revisit the Episode 72 featuring Marine Veteran and Hollywood Stuntwoman, Leaphy Khim. eaphy was born to Cambodian refugee parents and …

BtB Rewind: Marine Veteran and Emmy Award Winning Director of Photography, Cinematographer - Rick Robinson

July 19th, 2021


Robinson entered the film industry with little more than his Marine Corp background and a drive to succeed. However, he leveraged his experiences, …

BtB Rewind: Marine Veteran Haley Carter, soccer player, coach

July 12th, 2021


This week we revisit the very first interview on Borne the Battle FKA "This Week at VA" - Marine Veteran and Retired professional soccer player, Haley Carter.

#249: Air Force Veteran Denise Jelinski-Hall, 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor to the National Guard Bureau

July 5th, 2021


Denise Jelinski-Hall felt stuck in her small hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota, so she created a new future for herself by joining the Air Force. Years, later, Jelinski-Hall became the highest-ranking enlisted female …

#248: The Future of Entertainment Tech w/ Air Force Veteran Marti Moore, Vice President - Spectrum Communications

June 28th, 2021


This week’s episode of Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran Marti Moore, who discusses her military career and she became group vice president …

#247: Using Humor and Camaraderie to Prevent Veteran Suicide w/ Irreverent Warriors

June 21st, 2021


This week’s episode of Borne the Battle features Texas Army National Guard Veteran Cindy McNally and Marine Corps Veteran Nate McDonald, the president and vice president of Irreverent Warriors. McNally and McDonald …

#246: Songwriting in Nashville with Navy Veteran Jonathan Kingham, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Operation Song

June 14th, 2021


High military aptitude test scores and high school curiosity earned Jonathan Kingham a place in the Navy that started him on the path toward a career …

#245: Fighting to Repeal DADT w/ Air Force Veteran Josh Seefried

June 7th, 2021


Air Force Veteran Josh Seefried grew up knowing he wanted to serve in the Air Force. It started when his parents sent him to Space Camp in fifth grade, offering him the experience of a lifetime. The next summer, he …

BREAKING: Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

May 27th, 2021


VA announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during …

#243: Benefits Breakdown, Veterans Legacy Memorial

May 24th, 2021


With Memorial Day 2021 approaching, VA’s National Cemetery Administration wants to remind people that the Veterans Legacy Memorial, or VLM, website is available as a resource to help pay tribute to Veterans who have …

BONUS: COVID Update No. 9, Vaccine Acceptance Successes, Building Trust with the Minority Veteran Community

May 22nd, 2021


Veteran vaccine acceptance comes down to trust and truth, according to VA Office of Health and Equity’s Dr. Ernest Moy. On this bonus episode, Dr. Moy provides updates on Veteran vaccination rates and vaccine …

#242: A SEAL Overcoming through Sports w/ Navy Veteran Al Kovach, Paralympian and past President of Paralyzed Veterans of America

May 17th, 2021


When Navy Veteran Al Kovach woke up after spinal surgery, he asked the nurse if he was still alive. She answered affirmatively, and he immediately began to plan for his future as a paralyzed Veteran.

Kovach, a former …

#241: Motherhood and Deployments with Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman, Host of Women of the Military Podcast, Author, Blogger

May 10th, 2021


In this episode of Borne the Battle, Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman – a military spouse, blogger and host of the Women of the Military podcast – discusses transitioning from active duty to diaper duty, Veteran women …

#240: Benefits Breakdown: Home Interest Rate Reduction Loans (IRRRL)

May 3rd, 2021


Home interest rates are at historic lows and VA home loans offer lower rates than any other type of home loan. Navy Veteran John Bell, deputy director of VA's Loan Guaranty Service, joins Borne the Battle to break down

#239: Future of Team Rubicon with Marine Veteran Jake Wood, Former Sniper, Veterans Coalition for Vaccinations

April 26th, 2021


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran and entrepreneur Jake Wood, co-founder of Team Rubicon.

Wood's post-military story began on January 12, 2010, when a devastating magnitude 7.0 …

#238: Mental Health for ANY Veteran w/ Army Veteran Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek

April 19th, 2021


In this episode of Borne the Battle, Army Veteran Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek, a board-certified clinical psychologist, discusses changes in treating …

#237: Sustainable Employment for Veterans and Military Spouses w/ RADM Dan Kloeppel

April 12th, 2021


On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Navy Veteran Dan Kloeppel shares the story of his military career and how he later became an airline pilot who founded two nonprofit organizations. He formed the latter …

#236: Treating PTSD w/o Pharmaceuticals w/ Navy SEAL Veteran Mikal Vega, Actor, Producer, Director, Yoga Teacher

April 5th, 2021


Mikal Vega is an accomplished actor, Kundalini Yoga teacher and founder of the nonprofit, Vital Warrior. In this episode of Borne the Battle, Vega discusses his struggle with military transition, finding treatment for …

#235: VA Secretary Denis McDonough

March 29th, 2021


On Feb. 8, 2021, Denis McDonough was confirmed by the Senate to be the United States’ 11th Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He heads into the job with a rich background filled with experience navigating the government’s …

#234: Nurses in Vietnam w/ Army Veteran Diane Carlson Evans

March 22nd, 2021


Army Veteran Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, joined Borne the Battle to discuss her decision to become a nurse, time serving in Vietnam as a combat nurse, decision to re-enlist …

#233: Honoring Vietnam Veterans with MG Peter Aylward

March 15th, 2021


This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Army Veteran Major General Peter Aylward (Ret.). He discusses his military career, mentors, how he became the national director of the Vietnam War Commemoration and how the …

#232: "Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá," Air Force Veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Publisher, Author, Global Marketer

March 8th, 2021


This week's Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, who discusses her efforts in overcoming the adversity of a stereotypical workforce, and breaking barriers while transitioning to become …

#231: Combat Wounded to CEO w/ Army Veteran Dawn Halfaker

March 1st, 2021


Army Veteran Dawn Halfaker never expected she would be be in the military. She was a guard on her high school basketball team when the NCAA sponsored …

#230: Benefits Breakdown, Veterans Readiness and Employment Program (VR&E)

February 22nd, 2021


This week’s Borne the Battle is a Benefits Breakdown, exploring the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) service and chatting with its Executive Director and Navy Veteran William Streitberger.

In the Navy for nine …

#229: Automation Manufacturing w/ Air Force Veteran Jackson Henderson

February 15th, 2021


On this episode of Borne the Battle, Air Force Veteran Jackson Henderson shares his transition story and becoming an Electrical Maintenance Technician.

Henderson was influenced by two of his friends to join the military, …

#228: LtGen Walter Gaskin, 19th Deputy Chair of the NATO Military Committee

February 8th, 2021


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features retired Marine Corps Veteran Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, the first Black American to command a …

BtB Rewind: Navy Veteran Debra Russell

February 1st, 2021


In addition to revisiting Navy Veteran Debra Russell's interview, this week's Borne the Battle Rewind shares information about, future Fisher House locations, rural COVID vaccines and how caregivers can receive the …

#227: New York Times Bestselling Author John Del Vechicco, Army Veteran, Historian, Hiker

January 25th, 2021


John Del Vecchioattended Lafayette College in the late 1960s, a time when tensions over U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was high. Anti-war …

BONUS: COVID Update No. 8, Home Loan Forbearance Protections Amid COVID-19

January 20th, 2021


If you have a federally backed loan (VA, FHA, USDA, etc) and are having difficulty paying your mortgage due to the coronavirus pandemic, deadlines …

#226: Marine Corp Veteran Scott Stump, President and CEO, National Desert Storm Memorial Association

January 18th, 2021


This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Marine Corps Veteran Scott Stump, who discusses his military career to becoming President and CEO of the National Desert Storm Memorial Association.


Stump became intrigued …

#225: Jack Carr, Navy Veteran, Former SEAL / Sniper, New York Times Bestselling Author

January 11th, 2021


This week's Borne the Battle episode features Navy Veteran and New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr. He discusses his dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL and author. Through his enthusiasm for reading and on …

Meritorious Segments - Tanner's Top 10 of 2020

January 4th, 2021


As we say hello to 2021, we look back and see who made the list for Tanner's Top 10 of 2020.

Most Downloaded Benefits Breakdowns of 2020

December 28th, 2020


Every five weeks Borne the Battle goes internal and breaks down a VA benefit, program, or office. These are the most downloaded Benefits Breakdown episodes of 2020. 

Top 8 Most Downloaded Interviews of 2020

December 21st, 2020


Snippets of Borne the Battle's most downloaded interviews of 2020. The list may surprise you.

#224: Benefits Breakdown: Speech Language Pathology Programs

December 14th, 2020


Vietnam War Navy Veteran Dave Hume suffered a major stroke while admitted to James Haley Veterans’ Hospital on Feb. 2, 2017. Nurses and doctors rushed to Hume’s side and managed to stabilize his condition. But when the …

#223: Tom and Jen Satterly, All Secure Foundation

December 7th, 2020


US Army and Delta Force Veteran Tom Satterly and his spouse Jen Satterly are the co-founders and co-CEOs of All Secure Foundation, a nonprofit that …

#222: Providing Support to Incarcerated Veterans w/ Army Reserve Veteran Ja'net Bishop Ed.D

November 30th, 2020


Army Reservist and National Guard Veteran, Ja'net Bishop Ed.D, shares how the sudden loss of her husband compelled her to reflect on what the next …

#221: Managing Megatron's Social Media w/ USAF Veteran Mark Harper, President/CMO of We Are The Mighty

November 23rd, 2020


Air Force Veteran Mark Harper found his niche as a content creator for combat camera. After leaving service, he leveraged his military experience for a career in the entertainment industry. He now leads a media company …

#220: Benefits Breakdown, Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019

November 16th, 2020


While serving as an electrics technician aboard USS Davis during the Vietnam War, Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veteran John Burns said he never felt like his life was in danger. He appreciated the experience because he was …

#219: Marine Corps Birthday w/ Chad Robichaux, Bellator/Strikeforce MMA Fighter, Mighty Oaks Foundation

November 9th, 2020


This week’s Marine Corps Birthday episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran, former police officer, MMA champion, bestselling author

#218: David Muir, Easterseals, Veteran Staffing Network

November 2nd, 2020


Army Veteran David Muir is the Senior Vice President of the Veterans Staffing Network, a social enterprise project of Easterseals DC, MD and VA.

Muir …

#217: Bigfoot and UFOs w/ Jennifer Marshall, Navy Veteran, Host of CW's Mysteries Decoded

October 26th, 2020


This is not your typical episode of Borne the Battle. It’s a Halloween Special with returning guest and Navy Veteran, Jennifer Marshall. Marshall is an actress and a trained private investigator. In “Mysteries Decoded,” …

BONUS: COVID-19 Update No. 7: Clinical Trials and Emergency Care

October 21st, 2020


Doctors Molly Klote and Chad Kessler join this bonus episode of Borne the Battle to discuss the various ways VA is helping with the national effort …

#216: Mentoring the Post-Military Journey w/ Air Force Veteran David Tenenbaum, Director of Heroes Linked

October 19th, 2020


This week's Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran David Tenenbaum, the creator of Honor Media and Heroes Linked.

From a young age, Tenenbaum …

#215: Benefits Breakdown, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

October 12th, 2020


According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience intimate partner violence (IPV) during …

#214: WWE Superstar and Marine Veteran Stephen Kupryk

October 5th, 2020


This week’s Borne the Battle features Marine Veteran Stephen Kupryk, also known as the WWE Smackdown superstar and Forgotten Sons member, Steve Cutler. In this episode, Kupryk talks about how his participation in high …

#213: Healing through Poetry w/ Army Veteran Erika Land, War Poet

September 28th, 2020


This week's Borne the Battle features Army Veteran Erika Land, who shares the story of how she changed her suicide letter into “War Song.

Before 9/11, Erika joined the Army as a pharmacy technician. Her job was to …

#212: Fighting to End Veteran Suicide with the Press of a Button w/ Marine Veteran Aaron Quinonez, CEO of Operation Pop Smoke

September 21st, 2020


For many Veterans, readjusting to civilian life after leaving the military can be difficult. That's what Aaron Quinonez found when he left the Marine …

#211: Benefits Breakdown, Debt Management Center

September 14th, 2020


This week's episode of Borne the Battle is a Benefits Breakdown on the VA Debt Management Center (DMC). It features DMC's National Finance Director Joe Schimitt and DMC Director of Operations Jason Hoge. Schmitt and …

#210: Tony Temerario, 9/11 Responder, Green Beret, AT&T Executive

September 7th, 2020


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Army Veteran Tony Temerario, who was also a 9/11 responder and a current AT&T executive.

Temerario's parents were both WWII Navy combat Veterans. They served in the …

#209: Simplifying Online Identity w/ Blake Hall, Army Veteran, Founder and CEO of

August 31st, 2020


This week, Army Veteran Blake Hall, who shared how and why he joined the Army, what life was like after transitioning, and how he founded

Hall's decision to join the Army after September 11th felt to him like a …

#208: Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg

August 24th, 2020


Army Veteran Florent Groberg received the Medal of Honor in 2015 for his selfless actions during the War in Afghanistan, where he rushed a suicide bomber to protect 28 coalition and Afghan National Army personnel.

BtB Rewind: Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke and USA Basketball, Army Veteran

August 17th, 2020


This week we go back in time and revisit, Duke and USA Basketball legend, Coach K's interview on Borne the Battle. 

#207: Using AI to Align Veterans to Careers Opportunities w/ Marine Recon Veteran Alex Calfee

August 10th, 2020


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran Alex Calfree, the co-founder of OpLign, a website that uses personal profiles of job seekers to connect them to employers and open up new career …

#206: VFW Talk w/ Army Veteran Terrence Hayes, VFW's National Director of Communications

August 3rd, 2020


Army Veteran Terrence Hayes is the director of communications and public affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has worked in public affairs …

#205: Benefits Breakdown, Alaska Native Veterans Program of 2019

July 27th, 2020


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features one of its largest panels to date, as representatives from VA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) break down the details of the Alaska Native Veterans Program of …

#204 Staff Writer and Air Force Veteran Blake Stilwell

July 20th, 2020


Blake Stilwell shares his story of starting his career as a combat photographer and eventually becoming a professional writer for

Stilwell had only spent a year in the Air Force when he became the youngest …

#203 The (Serial) Hiking (Army) Veteran, Erik Schlimmer

July 13th, 2020


Army Veteran Erik Schlimmer has camped over 1,000 nights, climbed over 2,000 summits and hiked over 15,000 miles. In 2010 he hiked the entire Trans Adirondack Route – which spans over 230 miles – over just a few weeks. …

#202: Bring Every Dad Home w/ Marine Veteran Ben Killoy, Host of Military Veteran Dad Podcast

July 6th, 2020


Many male Veterans find it difficult to address the challenges of being a husband and a father, during and after their military service. Marine Corps …

#201: Benefits Breakdown, CARES Act Funding to VA Homeless Programs

June 29th, 2020


Congress has provided $300 million through the CARES Act this year to help the VA address the problems faced by homeless and at-risk veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Kuhn, National Director of the VA’s …

#200: AEW Wrestler Big Swole, AKA Air Force Veteran Aerial Johnson

June 22nd, 2020


This 200th episode of Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran Aerial Johnson, better known by her wrestling name “Big Swole,” Aerial shares her …

#199: A COVID Nurse's Story w/ Army Veteran Joshua Strickland, Lead Singer, Bayou Bandits

June 15th, 2020


Army Veteran Josh Strickland is a family man, the lead singer of the Phoenix-based band the Bayou Bandits, and a registered nurse who has worked through the COVID-19 pandemic in some of the hardest-hit areas of the …

#198: Transition Talk w/ Marine Corps Veteran Beau Higgins, Amazon Military Affairs

June 8th, 2020


On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Marine Corps Veteran Beau Higgins shares his story of how he transitioned out of the military and started working for Amazon, helping veterans and families of veterans find …

#197: COVID Business Survival w/ Army Veteran Luke Wade

June 1st, 2020


“Fun, freedom, and community” is the motto of KC Crew, an adult sports and events company founded by Army Veteran and KC Crew Founder Luke Wade.

After …

#196: Tips and Changes to VA Home Loan w/ Navy Veteran Bryan Bergjans

May 25th, 2020


On this week's episode, Borne The Battle featured Navy Veteran Bryan Bergjans. He spoke about what he does with Caliber Home Loans and how he was able to become the National Director of Military and VA lending. He also …

#195: TEDx w/ Prince Taylor, Navy Veteran, Deputy Director, VA Voluntary Service

May 18th, 2020


Navy Veteran Prince Taylor believes that military service develops perseverance and discipline—traits that are useful for Veterans even after they …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus No. 6

May 16th, 2020


COVID-19 update on VA benefits (GI Bill, Home Loan, etc.) featuring the Undersecretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Dr. Paul Lawrence, as …

#194: Amazon and USA Today Best Selling Author, Marine Veteran G. Michael Hopf

May 11th, 2020


As a big reader, G. Michael Hopf had a great desire to explore the world and have adventures.

However, a near death experience led him to reconsider his career. With help from his father, Hopf found a new direction …

#193: Talking Team RWB w/ Army Veteran Mike Erwin

May 4th, 2020


Through founding Team Red White and Blue, Army Veteran Mike Erwin discovered that he didn’t have to be in the military to serve the nation. There are many different ways to serve our nation.

Erwin’s mission as a social …

#192: Emergency Relief w/ LTG Raymond Mason

April 27th, 2020


While most people do their best to be independent, sometimes life gets in the way. It's in these difficult moments when even strong, independent …

#191: Analyzing Human Behavior w/ Marine Scout Sniper, Brian Marren

April 20th, 2020


Profiling has often been given a negative perspective. In this episode of Borne the Battle, Marine Corps Veteran Brian Marren explains how Human Behavior Pattern Recognition and Analysis is a scientific form of human …

#190: Benefits Breakdown, Debt Management Center, COVID-19 Relief for Veterans

April 13th, 2020


This week's Borne the Battle podcast breaks down how the VA Debt Management Center is executing the president's directive to suspend or extend all VA …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus No. 5

April 8th, 2020


Two new VA coronavirus websites are online. Update on the Wheelchair and Golden Age Games. VA suspends veteran debt collection. Update on COVID-19 …

#189: Operation Abilene w/ Phil Hall and Fred Navarro

April 6th, 2020


While they only knew him for one day, Army Veterans Phil Hall and Fred Navarro remember the man that sacrificed his life for them and their fellow brothers in Vietnam. They both signed statements of recommendation to …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus No. 4

April 1st, 2020


Updates on SBA loans for affected small businesses, where you can find Veteran Health Administrations COVID-19 Response plan and FAQs, VA's medical support to New York City, where mobile vet centers are currently being …

#188: Justin Nassiri: Navy Veteran, Entrepreneur, Host of Beyond the Uniform Podcast

March 30th, 2020


Most, if not all veterans, are forced to ask this important question before retiring and entering into civilian life: What am I to do for my career? 


Many feel as if they are too late to pursue their goals or get their …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus No. 3

March 25th, 2020


Included in this episode: 

  • GI Bill Changes 
  • National Cemetery Information 
  • Update on rehiring retired VA medical staff 
  • VA Home Loan assistance …

#187: First Women to Command a Naval Ship w/ Darlene Iskra

March 23rd, 2020


This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Navy Veteran Darlene Iskra, the first woman to command a ship for the Navy.

Despite her groundbreaking status, Iskra's initial goal in the Navy was not to be the first …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus No. 2

March 18th, 2020


An in-depth breakdown of VA Public Health's coronavirus website and a message from the chairman of the board of veterans appeals.


#186: Women in Choppers w/ Army Veteran Hallie Johnston

March 16th, 2020


This week's episode of Borne The Battle features Army Veteran Hallie Johnston, who shared some insight into her military career as a black hawk helicopter pilot, her transition to civilian life, and her purpose for …

UPDATE: COVID-19 / Coronavirus

March 12th, 2020


A quick update on VA's responses to COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic and where to find information as it gets released. 

#185: Benefits Breakdown, Burn Pit Registry

March 9th, 2020


This week’s Benefits Breakdown features Army Veterans Vincent Mitchell and Dr. Eric Shuping. They discussed the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and how Veterans can sign up.

In 2014, Congress required the …

#184: Honoring Vietnam Veterans w/ Army Veteran MG James T. Jackson

March 2nd, 2020


National Vietnam War Veterans Day is fast approaching (March 29). Army Veteran Major General James T. Jackson (Ret.) is the national director of the Vietnam War Commemoration. Directed by Congress and executed by …

#183: 9/11 NYPD Officer to Acting w/ Marine Veteran Hiram Murray

February 24th, 2020


Marines Veteran Hiram Murray is a film military advisor and actor in LA. Murray discusses his journey from NYPD police officer on 9/11 to the USMC, …

#182: Talking Sauce w/ Air Force Veteran Charlynda Scales

February 17th, 2020


This episode of Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran Charlynda Scales. She is a TEDx Speaker, Seasoned Brand Ambassador, and Girl Scout Gold …

#181: The 2020 State of VA

February 10th, 2020


very year after the president’s “State of the Union” speech, the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs gives he VA’s “State of VA.” Normally it is where the Secretary will proclaim the department’s successes from the previous …

#180: Benefits Breakdown - Board of Veterans Appeals with Cheryl Mason

February 3rd, 2020


This week’s Borne the Battle begins where episode #169 left off, featuring guest Cheryl Mason, Chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).

In this Benefits Breakdown, Chairman Mason talks about the third lane of …

#179: Benefits Breakdowns, Meritorious Segments - 2019

January 27th, 2020


What does the VA Home Loan Program, the VA Office of Faith and Opportunity, the VA Assistive Technology Program, Vet Centers, Appeals Modernization …

#178: Meritorious Segments - 2019

January 20th, 2020


If you've never heard an episode of Borne the Battle, this is a great place to start. Marine Veteran Tanner Iskra shares some meritorious segments from 2019. Segments include soundbites from NC farmer Valroy Williams, …

#177: Panel - The State of Military Film

January 13th, 2020


1917” and “The Last Full Measure” will soon be coming to a theater near you. These military movies have been carefully crafted to capture an …

*Bonus - "THE NEXT MISSION, Marine Veterans who are Changing the World" Presented by the Military Times

December 25th, 2019


IT’S A BONUS for subscribers - A Merry Christmas episode! A panel of three Marine Veterans making a difference in their new respective fields. Sam Meek, CEO of SANDBOXX, Martha MacPhee, Director of Special Projects for …

#176: Congressional Recommendations on Military, National and Public Service w/ Veterans Shawn Skelly and Ed Allard

December 18th, 2019


Should every American Citizen serve in the military? Should women be required to register for the selective service (draft)? What should the future …

#175: Benefits Breakdown - Diabetes Education and Self Management

December 11th, 2019


It isn’t easy when you have diabetes. Did you check your blood sugar? Are you exercising and keeping a good diet? Do you have your insulin handy?

Mary …

#174 Wreaths Across America w/ Army Veteran Wayne Hanson

December 4th, 2019


WAA is a national campaign that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at over 1,700 national cemeteries, culminating at Arlington National Cemetery. …

#173 On the Firing Line with Marine Veteran Dan Duitsman

November 27th, 2019


Camp Valor Outdoors’ shooting teams compete in professional matches all over the country. Marine Veteran Dan Duitsman is Camp Valor Outdoors’ …

#172 Lakota Warrior and Vietnam Veteran Dr. Robert Primeaux

November 20th, 2019


Native American Vietnam Veteran Robert Primeaux shared his journey from a Lakota reservation to the Army, to Hollywood.

As a young man, Primeaux was …

#171: Seven Summits w/ Benjamin Breckheimer

November 13th, 2019


Benjamin Breckheimer was a teenager when he watched 9/11 unfold. Like many other young Americans, the images spurred him into action. Right after …

#170: Dale Dye, Marine Corps Birthday Episode

November 6th, 2019


When watching a movie, it’s easy to think that everything is real and true and lifelike. It's no surprise that that isn't always the case, especially with military movies. That's how Marine Veteran Dale Dye got …

#169: Benefits Breakdown - Appeals Modernization

October 30th, 2019


Executive Director of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) Appeals Management Office (AMO) and Army Veteran  David McLenachen talks about the appeals modernization process.

McLenachen briefly discussed his …

#168: Coaching NCAA Lacrosse with Marine Veteran Chris Burke and Mitchell Shafer

October 23rd, 2019


This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Marine Corps Veteran Chris Burke and the youngest head coach in NCAA Lacrosse, Mitch Shafer.

Burke discussed his service in the Marines, including his injury and recovery …

#167: Paging Dr. Albert Weed, Green Beret Medic, Army Medical Officer, VA Surgeon

October 16th, 2019


This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Dr. Albert Weed, whose career has taken him from enlisted Green Beret Army medic to an Army medical officer to VA surgeon. Weed discussed his name, and how his family’s …

#166: Navy to NASCAR w/ Jesse Iwuji

October 9th, 2019


Sometimes, all it takes is a whiteboard and a marker to jump-start a dream into reality. This week’s Borne the Battle features guest Jesse Iwuji, whose creative and hardworking mindset led him to overcome great …

#165: The Battle of Mogadishu w/ Army Ranger Veteran, Jeff Struecker

October 2nd, 2019


This week’s Borne the Battle episode features guest Jeff Struecker, who discusses his life as a soldier, pastor, and author.

In 1987, Struecker …

#164: Benefits Breakdown - VA Vet Centers

September 25th, 2019


2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of  VA's Vet Centers. They started as outreach for Vietnam Veterans who did not utilize the VA as much as WWII Veterans.

This week’s interview is Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran …

#163: Helping Reunite Veteran Families w/ Nathan Goncalves - Army Veteran, Equal Justice Works Fellow

September 18th, 2019


On this week’s episode, Borne the Battle features guest Nathan Goncalves, who shares his story of struggle and perseverance.

While Goncalves didn’t have the intrinsic calling to join the military, he enlisted at 23, …

Bonus Episode! - Mel Brooks, Adrian Cronauer, 2019 Military Influencer Conference Roundup

September 17th, 2019


For months, I’ve been promising a special bonus podcast episode for when Born the Battle received its 100th rating and/or review on iTunes.

We did it! But, before we get to Mel Brooks and the late Adrian Cronauer. 

In …

#162: September 11th with Dr. John Baxter - Air Force Veteran, 9/11 First Responder, SecDef's Flight Surgeon

September 11th, 2019


On September 11, 2001, Air Force flight surgeon John Baxter showed up to work at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, to a full load of patients and …

#161: Todd Boeding – Marine Veteran, Carry the Load

September 4th, 2019


On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Tanner Iskra interviews guest Todd Boeding, who shares his past, present and future as a Marine Corps …

#160: Benefits Breakdown – Assistive Technology Program

August 28th, 2019


 In episode 157, we spoke with Army Veteran Ursula Draper about her role in the development of an Assistive Technology (AT) program. In this week's …

#159: Curtez Riggs – Army Veteran, Entrepreneur, Military Influencer Conference

August 21st, 2019


School. Military. Streets. In 1996, Curtez Riggs graduated high school and those were his options in Flint, Michigan. By that time, the auto industry …

#158: David Gowel – Army Veteran, RallyPoint CEO

August 14th, 2019


This week’s Borne the Battle interview is with Army Iraq War Veteran, David Gowel, a West Point and Ranger School graduate who later became an …

#157: Ursula Draper – Army Veteran, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Professional

August 7th, 2019


Since some veterans have multiple traumas, known as polytrauma, VA dedicates resources to help Veterans with very complex issues.

This week's Borne …

#156: Daniel Sharp – Marine Veteran, CEO PopSmoke Media, Smokepit Podcast Host

July 31st, 2019


If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you either follow this week's guest or have seen his work shared on your social media feed. This week’s …

#155: Gary Profit – Army Veteran, WalMart Military Programs

July 24th, 2019


Back in  episode 43, Gary gave his original testimony on Borne the Battle.

This week’s Borne The Battle episode provides an update from the Senior Director of Military Programs at Walmart on the hiring initiatives …

#154: Benefits Breakdown – VA Center of Faith and Opportunity Initiative

July 17th, 2019


The VA Center of Faith’s and Opportunity Initiative’s mission is “engage, inform and educate faith-based, nonprofit and community/neighborhood organizations in VA programs to better serve the needs of Veterans, their …

#153: Perry Firoz - Air Force Veteran, CEO Epic Music LA

July 10th, 2019


Perry Firoz is smart. Not just  Air Force smart, but “can I copy off your paper,” smart.

Perry degrees include:

  • Master’s Degree, Operations Research – …

#152: Denise Loring - Army Veteran, Camp Valor Outdoors, World Class Competitive Marksman

July 3rd, 2019


There have been many studies that show that  nature can be therapeutic for many reasons:

  • Stress reduction
  • Finding Meaning and Purpose
  • Develops …

#151: WWII Weekend Part II - Walter Stitt and Victor Marulli

June 26th, 2019


This week we’re revisiting Reading, PA’s WWII Weekend. For three days (June 7-9) the MidAtlantic Air Museum brought in WWII Veterans, reenactors and …

#150: Benefits Breakdown – VA Home Loan Program

June 19th, 2019


On June 22, VA will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the G.I. Bill. In honor of this historic event, Army Veteran Maxine Henry and Air Force Veteran Mark Connors of the VA’s Loan Guaranty Service team sat down with …

#149: WWII Weekend Part I - Pearl Harbor Survivors Richard Schimmel and William Bonelli

June 12th, 2019


It was WWII Weekend in Reading, PA. For three days, the MidAtlantic Air Museum brings WWII Veterans, reenactors and a full air show to their …

75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6th, 2019


Quick Bonus episode reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Features General Dwight D. Eisenhower's speech to the troops of the eve of the operation. 

#148: Army Veteran David Lucier, Green Beret Medic, Vietnam Special Forces, Security Contractor, Veteran Advocate

June 5th, 2019


David talks about becoming a Green Beret, being attached to a MIKE Force in Vietnam, being a security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan as a 55-60 …

#147: Marine Veteran Brett D’Alessandro and Alexa Modero: Backpacks for Life

May 29th, 2019


One couple, Marine Veteran Brett D’Alessandro and his partner, Alexa Modero, have made it their mission to help those Veterans that find themselves with nothing but a backpack. In fact, with the nonprofit, Backpacks for …

#146: Dave Coker: Army Veteran, President of Fisher House Foundation

May 22nd, 2019


Fisher houses are a vital part of helping Veterans heal. If there is an open room in a Fisher House next to a VA or military medical facility, a family can join in their Veteran’s recovery at no lodging cost. Today,

#145: Jan Ohrstrom: Army Veteran, Professional Wrestler, Documentary Producer, VA Employee

May 15th, 2019


Not only is Army Veteran Jan a wrestler, he’s a producer of the documentary “Valhalla Club.” The feature documents how three wrestlers, including …

#144: Joseph Pennington - Navy Seabee Veteran, AllState Director of Military Affairs

May 8th, 2019


For Borne the Battle, we have a small team of interns that transcribe previous episodes so those with hearing loss can still read our episodes. It is finals week for many universities around the country and we will be …

#142: Carroll Harris - Marine Veteran, Postal Inspector, Marine Corps Historian

April 24th, 2019


FBI, CIA, AFT…USPIS? It’s not an alphabet agency that is often brought up in conversation around DC Beltway. However, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was founded almost 100 years prior to the FBI and almost 150 years …

#141: BourBiz - Military Veteran/MilSpouse Networking Event

April 22nd, 2019


Bonus episode! This episode is an experiment of a sorts. I attended a Veteran/ military spouse networking event called BourBiz. It was held this last Thursday by The Veteran Success Resource Group at the MGM, National …

#140: Danny Chung – Marine Veteran, Microsoft Chief of Staff of Military Affairs

April 17th, 2019


Danny Chung is an positive example of a Veteran that found a way to give back to the transitioning active-duty community. 

Danny’s team is trying to do is fill a gap in the civilian workforce. At any given time, there …

#139: Jennifer Marshall – Navy Veteran, Actress (Stranger Things, Hawaii Five-0)

April 10th, 2019


Navy Veteran Jennifer Marshall joins us on the show. Since transitioning from active duty, she’s been hustling out in Hollywood.

She’s a veteran of …

#138: Sean Ricks – Navy Veteran, CEO of Ricks Roasters Coffee Company

April 3rd, 2019


There are many veteran entrepreneurs in the coffee industry. Today we focus on a local roaster in the Northern Virginia area that is making waves in the coffee industry. 

In this episode, Sean talks about his unique …

#137: John Buckley II – Army Veteran, Koch Industries, Veteran Advocate, Wichita Kansas

March 27th, 2019


I love finding Veterans who are out there working to bridge the military-civilian divide. This week’s guest is continuing to serve by connecting Veterans to communities as the military relations manager at the second …

#136: Valroy Williams – Army / Navy Veteran, Queens NY Submariner to NC Farmer

March 20th, 2019


How does a Navy submariner from Hollis, Queens, NY, become a farmer in North Carolina? That is exactly what Valroy Williams did after over 30 years …

#135: Rick Robinson - Marine Veteran, Emmy Award Winning Director of Photography and Cinematographer

March 13th, 2019


Tanner’s first guest is Emmy award winning director of photography and cinematographer, Rick Robinson, who was a huge influence on Tanner’s career.  In this episode, Rick shares his experiences on his deployments, drops …

#134: Tanner Iskra – Marine Veteran, new host of Borne the Battle

February 27th, 2019


This episode is a humbling one for me. Episode 134 is the last episode I will produce as the host of Borne the Battle. I launched the podcast in 2016 under the title "This Week at VA," renamed it Borne The Battle about …

#133: Joel Chaverri – Marine Veteran, Vet Center Director

February 8th, 2019


Vet Centers are one of VA's most valuable and crucial resources. Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of …

#132: Brent Thompson – Navy Veteran, Head Brewer at Texas Ale Project

January 31st, 2019


Since I joined VA in April 2016, we have avoided alcohol themed content in our production. However, with so many Veterans involved in the industry …

#131: Ozzy Ramirez – Army Veteran, Actor

January 23rd, 2019


Back in October I interviewed Ozzy Ramirez, an Army Veteran that is pursuing an acting career in Hollywood. Ozzy's interview got buried in a swarm of …

#130: Robert Freedman – Army Veteran, Professor

January 16th, 2019


This week we have a unique episode. One of my interns, Zach Wheeler, conducted an interview with one of his professors at Johns Hopkins University. Zach is a sophomore and is studying International Studies. His …

#129: Student Veteran of the Year, Air Force Veteran Alexandria Sawin

January 11th, 2019


Our week of podcasts focused on student Veterans is coming to a close. On Monday, we spoke with Student Veterans of America president Jared Lyon. Then, Tuesday through Thursday we had a conversation with three groups …

#128: Student Veteran of the Year finalists Angela Peacock, Kyle Venable and Carlos Caro

January 10th, 2019


Today, we continue our discussions with Student Veterans of America’s Student Veteran of the Year finalists. This episode features Angela Peacock, Kyle Venable, and Carlos Caro. We learn about their chapter’s success in …

#127: Student Veteran of the Year finalists Chanel Powell and Tyler Freeman

January 9th, 2019


Today, we continue our discussions with Student Veterans of America's Student Veteran of the Year finalists. This episode features Chanel Powell and Tyler Freeman. We learn about their chapter's success in 2018, their …

#126: Student Veteran of the Year finalists David Cote, Katherine Pratt, and Wesley Wilson

January 8th, 2019


Each year, Student Veterans of America selects a "Student Veteran of the Year." They receive hundreds of submissions for consideration and narrow the field down to ten finalists. Year after year, these ten finalists …

#125: Jared Lyon - President of SVA's interview from #NatCon2019

January 7th, 2019


I just returned from the 2019 Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference (NatCon). It was my fourth conference in five years. I've been to two as a student Veteran, and two on behalf of VA. Each year this …

#124: Nick Armstrong – Army Veteran, Senior Director of Research and Policy at IVMF

December 19th, 2018


The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is a key contributor in the support of Veteran entrepreneurs and research on transitioning Veterans. In the past, we have spoken with IVMF's

#123: William Daniels – Army Veteran, Actor

December 5th, 2018


Every once in a while I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that someone famous is a Veteran. A couple months ago, a story came out about William Daniels when he fended off an intruder in his house. When I saw his age, I …

#122: Sarah Verardo – Caregiver, CEO of Independence Fund

November 28th, 2018


To round of National Caregivers Month, we feature Sarah Verardo. Sarah is the CEO of Independence Fund and a caregiver for her husband, an Army Veteran. Sarah also authored the children's book, Hero at Home.

#121 Veterans Legacy Program: Terence Patrick Halligan

November 23rd, 2018


Today's podcast features a Veteran spotlighted by NCA's Veterans Legacy Program.

Kenneth Holliday, who joined us on episode 106, joins us today for …

#120: Liz Rotenberry – Caregiver, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellows Programs Coordinator

November 21st, 2018


Everyone needs a break from time to time. Borne the Battle - and, more importantly, its host - decided to take a short break from production. It's been a month since our last episode was published, but I was still …

#119: Elliott McKenzie – Marine Veteran, R&B artist

October 10th, 2018


After a short break, Borne the Battle is back. This week we bring on Marine Veteran Elliott McKenzie.

After returning home from a deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, Elliott started showing signs of having Post Traumatic Stress …

#118: 'Back to School' round table featuring Jared Lyon, EJ Delpero, and Kirsten Battocchio

September 19th, 2018


September means back to school, even for Veterans. Being a student Veteran on campus is a unique experience. Student Veterans are typically older …

#117: James McDonough – Army Veteran, IVMF's Managing Director for Programs and Services

August 29th, 2018


About 30 episodes ago, we spoke with Michael Haynie, the Founder & Executive Director for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. The IVMF is higher education’s first …

#116: Petey Ace – Marine Veteran, Hip Hop Artist

August 22nd, 2018


Music is a great way to communicate one's feelings and cope with experiences. Veterans have been using music in these same ways as a way to come to terms with some feelings they have and to tell their audience their …

#115: JJ Pinter - Army Veteran, Executive Director of Team RWB

August 1st, 2018


Back in December of 2016, we featured Army Veteran Blayne Smith on the podcast. At the time, he was Executive Director of Team RWB. That was episode 11. He has since moved on to the GORUCK team, and here on episode 115, …

#114: Bennie Adkins – Army Veteran, Medal of Honor recipient

July 24th, 2018


I've been podcasting for more than five years. I look forward to each interview, because I love hearing new perspectives and unique stories of life …

#113: Dan Cnossen – Navy Veteran, Paralympic Gold Medalist

July 18th, 2018


I met Dan Cnossen on the red carpet at the Team USA awards back in April. I spoke to him about the opportunity to represent the United States in a different uniform and his experience with adaptive sports. Hour later, …

#112: Adam Storck – Army Veteran, Denali Summit

July 11th, 2018


A five-member mountaineering team of U.S. military, Veterans, and a physician from non-profit U.S. Expeditions and Explorations (USX) summited North America’s highest peak, Denali, Alaska, during a scientific research …

#111 Benefits Breakdown – VetChange App

July 2nd, 2018


Drinking can be a concern for many people. Veterans can fall into behavior of using alcohol to cope with emotional distress following a deployment or …

#110: David Zurfluh – Air Force Veteran, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America

June 27th, 2018


When I was visiting my then-girlfriend in Columbus a few years ago, we realized her apartment complex was not outfitted to accommodate a wheelchair. …

#109: GI Bill 74th Anniversary w/ Barrett Bogue & Lauren Augustine of SVA

June 21st, 2018


Education is one of the most valuable things a person can have. Following World War II, the original GI Bill helped provide Veterans returning from …

#108: Sally Roberts - Army Veteran, Wrestle Like a Girl

June 13th, 2018


One of my favorite parts of podcasting in the Veteran space is learning about what Veterans are doing in their communities and their industries. This week we hear from Army Veteran Sally Roberts, founder of Wrestle Like …

#107: Jason & Emily McCarthy – Army Veteran & MilSpouse, GORUCK CEO & Chief of Staff

June 6th, 2018


A couple weeks ago, GORUCK hosted an event in Washington D.C. called the Star Course 50-Miler. More than 700 participants wondered around Washington visiting way-points in attempt to walk 50 miles in 20 hours. The idea …

#106: Kenneth Holliday – Army Veteran, Veterans Legacy Program

May 30th, 2018


Continuing the theme of memorializing those that have served our country and passed, we're going to talk more about the Veterans Legacy Program. Last week, Bryce Carpenter laid the ground work last week by explaining …

#105 Benefits Breakdown – Veterans Legacy Program

May 28th, 2018


I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. However you recognize the holiday, I hope you take a moment to remember those that paid the ultimate …

#103 Benefits Breakdown - Make the Connection

May 21st, 2018


May is Mental Health Month and one of VA's leading resources for mental health, Make the Connection, kicked off the month with a YouTube Live event. The event was a panel discussion about Veterans and mental health.

I …

#102: Jennifer MacDonald – Army Veteran, Director of Clinical Innovations and Education, VHA Connected Care

May 16th, 2018


Tele-health has been a priority at VA and we've made great strides in the care we can offer Veterans. From video conferencing between physician and …

#101: Raymond Kaloplastos – Army Veteran, Mobile Vet Center

May 11th, 2018


We're wrapping up Public Service Recognition Week and I think a nice bookend to the week is to talk with someone that serves Veterans through his public service. Raymond Kaloplastos is known as "Ray from VA" around his …

#100: Bruce Silverglade - Army Veteran, Owner of Gleason's Gym

May 9th, 2018


This is a big milestone for us. 100 episodes of Borne the Battle. We've spoken to Veterans from all branches (even one Coast Guard Veteran) and learned about so many industries. The stories have been interesting and …

#99: Benefits Breakdown - Community Engagement, Homeless Programs

May 7th, 2018


VA is very active in addressing and attempting to prevent Veteran homelessness. We hold a "no wrong door" policy, which allows Veterans to touch base …

#98: Nick Karnaze – Marine Veteran; Owner of Stubble & 'Stache

May 2nd, 2018


After a successful round table on women Veterans topics, I was excited to do another one. I decided to curate a round table of Veteran entrepreneurs, …

#97: Tim Kolzcak – Army Veteran; The Veterans Project

April 25th, 2018


Tim Kolzcak asked his dad what the plan was for college. After learning there was no money available for his education, he had to choose between …

#96: Alphi Quitevis – Marine Veteran; Meditation Practice

April 18th, 2018


Alternative healing and mental health awareness is becoming more important and more popular. One thing Veterans are trying out is meditation. …

#95: Rob Jones – Marine Veteran; Month of Marathons

April 11th, 2018


I've never run a marathon. I'm definitely one of those people that say, "I'd like to run one someday," but the truth is I probably won't. Rob Jones, a Marine Veteran who has two fewer legs than I do, ran 31 marathons in …

#94: Benefits Breakdown – Smoke Quitline

April 9th, 2018


I smoked for nearly ten years. I picked up the habit when I was 18 or 19 years old, and didn't truly quit until my late 20s. Like many smokers, I …

#93: Robert Blackman - Marine Veteran; President and CEO, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

April 4th, 2018


Washington D.C. is full of amazing museums. The National Mall is lined with preserved history and remembrance. However, one of the best locations in …

#92: Women Veterans round table featuring Lauren Augustine, Joy Ilem, & Sarah Maples

March 30th, 2018


We have some bonus content for you. I sat down with three amazing Veterans to help wrap up our focus on Women Veterans this month. Lauren Augustine from Student Veterans of America, Joy Ilem from Disabled American …

#91 Sarah Holzhalb – Coast Guard Veteran, Athlete and Team RWB Relationships Manager

March 28th, 2018


This week's podcast marks our fourth and last installment in the series featuring women from the Women Veterans Athlete Initiative put on by the …

#90 Candice Caesar – Army Veteran, Athlete and Team RWB member

March 21st, 2018


This is the third installment of our series spotlighting women from the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative put on by the Center for Women Veterans. Featured on this week's episode is Army Veteran Candice Caesar.

Candice …

#89 Mila Dimal – Navy Veteran, Athlete and Team RWB chapter leader

March 14th, 2018


Mila Dimal served as an aviation mechanic in the US Navy and Navy Reserves, retiring after 20 years of service.  Her passion is being the best mother, friend, and employee possible, and she credits sports and physical …

#88 Bernardine Donato – Navy & Air Force Veteran, Athlete and Team RWB leader

March 7th, 2018


Bernardine "Bernie" Donato is a Navy and Air Force Veteran that lives life to the fullest and on her own terms. She is a cancer survivor and lives …

#87 Randy Reeves – Navy & Air Force Veteran, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs

February 28th, 2018


Many of us have a passion for serving Veterans. For some, it's a true calling. That's what I saw in this week's guest, Randy Reeves, when we were conducting our interview.

Randy C. Reeves was nominated by President …

#86 Steven Weintraub – Marine Veteran, Chief Strategy Officer for Vet Tix

February 21st, 2018


It's interesting how long one can be aware of something before finally checking it out. I heard about Vet Tix a few years ago and appreciated the concept, but never looked into them. Finally, after interviewing their …

#85 Michael Haynie – Air Force Veteran; Vice Chancellor at Syracuse University

February 14th, 2018


This week's interview is with Michael Haynie. Michael is an Air Force Veteran, Vice Chancellor at Syracuse University, and Director of Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). He is also a professor of …

#84 John Preston – Marine Veteran, musician

February 7th, 2018


Suicide prevention and Veteran suicide is an important topic for us all. Secretary Shulkin and VA continue to make it a priority. Personally, I've …

#83: Benefits Breakdown – VA Welcome Kit

February 5th, 2018


VA recently released a Welcome Kit that can guide Veterans to which benefits they may qualify for. What makes this product unique and refreshing is the guidance is based on the Veteran's stage of life. The road map …

#82 Josh Elledge – Navy Veteran, consumer expert & entrepreneur

February 1st, 2018


Back in October, I attended the Military Influencers Conference. While there, I met dozens of awesome and unique Veterans. During a social event, I was introduced to Josh Elledge. Josh is an expert on saving money and …

#81: Benefits Breakdown – Center for Women Veterans

January 29th, 2018


Women Veterans make up the fastest growing segment of the Veteran population, and VA is committed to providing them with the best health care. This …

#80 George W. Casey, Jr. – 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

January 24th, 2018


The past couple months have been amazing with so many great Veterans agreeing to be featured and doing interviews. Sometimes, when I get a stash of interviews recorded, I forget how good some of them are until I go back …

#79 Danielle Corazza - Army Veteran, National Outreach Coordinator, Center for Women Veterans

January 17th, 2018


Before 2017 ended, I sat down with Army Veteran Danielle Corazza for an interview. At the time, Danielle had been selected for a position at our Center for Women Veterans but had not yet started. Danielle has since …

#78 Chris Rolph - Air Force Veteran, Student Veteran of the Year

January 13th, 2018


"Someone has to be the best." That's what my Gunny told me when my colleague received slightly better marks than I did when I was at MALS-26 on MCAS …

#77: Randy Dexter – Student Veteran of the Year finalist

January 12th, 2018



Today, we speak with Randy Dexter. Randy is an Army Veteran and just received his bachelor's from University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He just started his pursuit of his master's degree.

Randy shares stories from his …

#76: Jessica Kirksey & Luke Opyd – Student Veteran of the Year finalists

January 11th, 2018


Each year Student Veterans of America choose an exceptional student Veteran as Student Veteran of the Year. This year, they narrowed it down to ten finalists, announcing the winner at the end of their national …

#75: Gretchen Klingler & Jessica Nelson – Student Veteran of the Year finalists

January 10th, 2018


Each year Student Veterans of America choose an exceptional student Veteran as Student Veteran of the Year. This year, they narrowed it down to ten finalists, announcing the winner at the end of their national …

#74: Aaron Slatton & Kirsten Battocchio - Student Veteran of the Year finalists

January 9th, 2018


Each year Student Veterans of America choose an exceptional student Veteran as Student Veteran of the Year. This year, they narrowed it down to ten finalists, announcing the winner at the end of their national …

#73: Jared Lyon – Navy Veteran, SVA President

January 8th, 2018


If you've been following our Twitter or Instagram accounts, you've been seeing some stories and images from Student Veterans of America's National …

#72: Leaphy Khim – Marine Veteran, actress/stuntwoman

January 3rd, 2018


I was first introduced to Leaphy Khim through Got Your 6. She had shared her experiences at their Storytellers event in Los Angeles. Leaphy was born to Cambodian refugee parents and joined the military after Sept 11 as …

#71: Billy Hurley III - Navy Veteran, professional golfer

December 27th, 2017


We've featured a handful of Veterans from professional sports on this podcast including an NFL player, an NCAA coach, and an NWSL goalie. This week …

#70: Bonnie Carroll - Air Force Veteran, Founder of TAPS President and Founder

December 20th, 2017


The second part of VA's motto calls on us to care for the widows and orphans of those that have "borne the battle." Earlier this year, we had Ashlynne Haycock on during our round-table podcast talking about the Forever …

#69: Boyd Renner – Navy Veteran, Everence

December 13th, 2017


A couple months ago I attended the Military Influencer Conference. There were a lot of great creators and entrepreneurs there, but one group of people  stood out to me. I met a few people representing a product called

#68: Benefits Breakdown – Veterans Crisis Line

December 11th, 2017


I promote the Veterans Crisis Line whenever I can. It is a very important resource to be aware of and I try to remind people however I can. I've used the line to help a friend in need. I encourage everyone to put the …

#67: Sterling Cale - Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor

December 6th, 2017


Last year I had the honor to visit Pearl Harbor for the 75th Commemoration of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was sobering, as a naval ship lined with sailors passed by the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The honor …

#66: Benefits Breakdown - Homeless Veterans Outreach and Communications

December 4th, 2017


Veteran homelessness is an issue that is very concerning in our community. VA is committed to aiding those that are homeless or at risk for homelessness. That second part is so important to remember. If a Veteran is …

#65: Dr. David Shulkin – Secretary of Veterans Affairs

November 29th, 2017


A few weeks ago we released episode 1103 of The American Veteran, a compilation of videos and stories from around our community. Included in that …

#64: Benefits Breakdown - Office of Tribal Government Relations

November 27th, 2017


Native Americans serve our country at a high rate compared to other demographics. Many of us are familiar with the Navajo Code Talkers, who were key to our victory in World War II. As we round off Native American …

#63: Nate Boyer – Army Veteran, Community Leader

November 22nd, 2017


Covered in Episode 63:

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Interview with Army Veteran Nate Boyer
    • Why Nate joined the Army and became a Green Beret
    • Transitioning …

#62: Alex Rucshner – Navy Veteran, Keys to Progress

November 15th, 2017


Navy Veteran Alex Rucshner joins Borne the Battle to tell us about Progressive Insurance's program "Keys to Success" where they help out Veterans in need by gifting them a car. Listen in to learn about this amazing …

#61: Benefits Breakdown - Social media across VA

November 13th, 2017


This week's Benefits Breakdown explains how to find your local facility on social media and how following them can help you discover news and …

Have a fun and safe Veterans Day!

November 11th, 2017


To all of our Veterans out there: Thank you for your service. This is your day. Enjoy it however you see fit.

#60: Craig Grossi – Marine Veteran, Author of "Craig and Fred"

November 10th, 2017


Happy Birthday, Marines! Today's episode features Marine Veteran Craig Grossi, who met his best friend, Fred, in Afghanistan and figured out a way to get him back to the United States. This story is a fun and heart felt …

#59: Mika J. Cross – Army Veteran, Veterans' Employment and Training Service

November 9th, 2017


Mika currently leads the Strategic Communications team at the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS). She brings years of experience in public service and continued service to Veterans. She joins the …

#58: Phil Klay – Marine Veteran, Author of "Redeployment"

November 8th, 2017


Today we bring you a Storytellers alum Phil Klay. Klay’s New York Times-bestselling short story collection won the National Book Award for Fiction in …

#57: Sebastian Junger – Journalist, author of "Tribe"

November 7th, 2017


Sebastian Junger, award winning journalist and author of "Tribe," is the first non-Veteran who isn't the Secretary, to be on the podcast. I believe he makes a great fit with his experience in conflict zones and his …

#56: Benefits Breakdown -

November 6th, 2017


The newly branded podcast is here! Borne the Battle is the same great content but simply under a different name. This first episode is an introduction to a new program we'll be publishing in this feed called Benefits …

#55: Kevin Leverence – Marine Veteran, VA health care user

November 1st, 2017


When we first launched the podcast, initial response questioned whether or not our audience would hear from Veterans that have had trouble with VA. A …

#53: Alejandro Villanueva – Army Veteran, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle

October 18th, 2017


One great thing about podcasting is the ability to think, "hey, I want to talk to that person," and then taking action to make it happen. When I learned that Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva is a former …

#52: VA's Center for Minority Veterans panel discussion

October 13th, 2017


The  2017 National Women Veterans Summit put on by VA's Center for Women Veterans (CWV) was cut short due to Hurricane Harvey. The CWV has been developing ways to deliver information from the summit and I've …

#51: Mike Krzyzewski – Army Veteran, Duke Basketball Coach

October 6th, 2017


I've published more than 500 podcast episodes in my podcast career. A couple times a year, there's usually an exciting interview, one that feels like a badge of honor. This week's episode of This Week at VA features the …

#50: Timothy Lawson - Marine Veteran, Podcast Host

September 29th, 2017


I knew I wanted to do something unique or cool for episode number 50. I've decided to flip the microphone and let someone else ask me the questions I …

#49: Forever GI Bill round table w/ TAPS, Got Your 6 & SVA

September 22nd, 2017


The wonderful people over at Got Your 6 emailed me one day asking if I wanted to do a round table podcast talking about the Forever GI Bill. I was in …

#48: Kevin Quarles - Navy Veteran, Operation Stand Down Tennessee

September 15th, 2017


While I was in Nashville last month, I visited an organization called Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN). OSDTN assists Veterans and their families so they can be self-sustaining  and better connected to the …

#NeverForget: Five Veterans share impact 9/11 had on military & community

September 11th, 2017


On September 11, 2001, four planes crashed on the east coast. Two planes flew into the World Trade Center. One plane skipped off of the ground before hitting the Pentagon. The last plane crashed in an open field in …

#47: Charlie Smith - Marine Veteran, Lipscomb University student

September 8th, 2017


I was recently down in Nashville and scouted some Veterans to interview. A friend introduced me to Charlie Smith, the president of the Veterans group at Lipscomb University. Charlie and I weren't able to sit down for an …

#46: Doc Todd – Navy Veteran, Rapper

September 1st, 2017


When I first started podcasting in the Veteran space, often spoke with creatives: authors, artists, musicians, etc. I learned there are a lot of Veterans in the hip hop community. It makes sense. Hip hop is about …

#45: Rory Cooper – Army Veteran, VA Research Engineer

August 25th, 2017


I first met Rory Cooper at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh. He was showcasing a number of products he helped research and develop. I called upon him to join me on the podcast when I saw he was a top 12 finalist for …

#44: Mark Rockefeller – Air Force Veteran, Street Shares CEO

August 18th, 2017


In the Veteran community, there are people you hear of and hear about over and over but never meet or engage with. Mark Rockefeller was on my radar for years. I heard about Street Shares, the company he co-founded, when …

#43: Gary Profit – Army Veteran, Walmart Military Programs

August 11th, 2017


This week's featured interview is with retired Army General Gary Profit. Gary is the Senior Director of Military Programs at Walmart. Walmart is a leading employer for Veterans and their spouses. Gary connected with us …

#42: Brian Stann – Marine Veteran, Hire Heroes USA

August 4th, 2017


I remember watching Brian Stann fight in the UFC, thinking it was so cool to see a Marine in the octagon. Now, I think its even cooler to see a …

#41: Justin Brown – Navy Veteran, HillVets

July 28th, 2017


I've known Justin Brown for a couple years now and one thing I've always admired about him is how many people know who he is and know of his efforts. Justin founded HillVets with the intent to bring more Veterans to …

#40: Marc Burgess – Navy Veteran, DAV National Adjutant

July 21st, 2017


VA works with many Veteran Service Organization to serve our Veterans. One of those longstanding partnerships has been Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has been around since World War I. DAV helps …

#39: Travis Mills – Army Veteran, Travis Mills Foundation

July 14th, 2017


It's always humbling to speak with a combat Veteran and even more inspiring to speak with one like this week's guest, Travis Mills. Travis joins the podcast this week to talk about his service, his injuries, his …

#38: Darren Sherrard – Army Veteran, VA Careers

July 7th, 2017


I'm sure everyone enjoyed bathing in the glory of our nation's freedom as we celebrated our Independence Day this week. I hope everyone's holiday was …

#37: Steve Goggins – Army Veteran, Powerlifter & coach

June 30th, 2017


One of my favorite things about podcasting is learning about different parts of life and new concepts. Last week we learned about the positive …

#36: Josh Heath – Army Veteran, Reach-Out Roleplaying Games

June 23rd, 2017


Episode 36 brings us Joshua Heath. Josh served in the Army from 2006 to 2011 as a 91J Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer. While he was in, he ran a Dungeons and Dragons game for MWR while in Iraq, helping …

#35: Jeremy Paris – Army Veteran, Veteran Artist Program

June 16th, 2017


This week's podcast features Army Veteran Jeremy Paris. Jeremy served in the '90s in personnel. He is currently with Veteran Artist Program and hosts the Veteran Resource Podcast. He helped coordinate the 2017 Women …

#34: VA's Electronic Health Record system announcement

June 9th, 2017


This week's podcast focuses on the announcement made by Secretary Shulkin on Monday. The Department of Veterans Affairs will be adopting the same …

#33: Henry Huntley – Retired Army General, VA Acting Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

June 2nd, 2017


I hope everyone had a safe and solaced Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of Veterans and other members of our community at …

#32: Kate Tillotson - Marine Veteran, Student Veteran of the Year

May 26th, 2017


Each year, at their national convention, Student Veterans of America announces a Student Veteran of the Year. This award is competitive and quite prestigious as the Veterans considered have impressive resumes as service …

#31: Meritorious Segments Volume 2

May 19th, 2017


Episode 31 of This Week at VA is another "best of" type episode. This volume of Meritorious Segments includes soundbites from AMVETS National …

#30: Meritorious Segments Volume 1

May 12th, 2017


We are 30 episodes into the podcast and I'm going to do something a little different with this one. This is going to be a "best of" episode. I pulled …

#29: Bob Wright – Army Veteran, Prostate Cancer Survivor

May 5th, 2017


I was introduced to Bob Wright by an organization named Us Too. Us Too is an organization that supports and advocates for men at all stages of prostate cancer. Bob is an Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. He is …

#28: Skye Marshall – Air Force Veteran, Actor

April 28th, 2017


When you're active in the Veteran community, you tend to hear names repeated in conversation and mentioned on social media. Recently, one of those names is Skye Marshall. I saw Skye in Got Your 6's #shesbadass campaign …

#27: Dee McWilliams – Army Veteran, WIMSA President

April 21st, 2017


The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (WIMSA), is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. It sits at the end of the road as you approach the gates …

#26: Doug McCormick – Army Veteran, Financial Expert

April 14th, 2017


My interview this week is with Army Veteran Doug McCormick. I've been very fortunate in the past couple months and have received a lot of opportunities for interviews. My cup has run over, and finally, after sitting on …

#25: Kevin Jamison - Marine Veteran, Veterans Community Project

April 7th, 2017


Episode 25 is here! This is a fun milestone for us and we're happy to continue this great program. This week's interview features two Veterans …

#24: Bill Rausch - Army Veteran, Got Your 6

March 31st, 2017


When Got Your 6 first got on my radar, I wasn't sure what they did. Years later, I still wasn't convinced I understood their mission. Then, a few weeks ago, their Executive Director Bill Rausch interviewed Secretary …

#23 Art delaCruz - Navy Veteran, Team Rubicon COO

March 24th, 2017


When I first conceptualized VA's podcast, I knew Team Rubicon would be an early feature. Team Rubicon has had a significant impact on the world by …

#22 Debra Russell - Navy Veteran, Photographer

March 17th, 2017


This week's podcast features another participant in the 2017 Women Veterans Art Exhibit, Navy Veteran Debra Russell.  The exhibit is traveling to ten different VA medical centers throughout the month of March to …

#21 Pamela Corwin - Army Veteran, Artist, Biologist

March 10th, 2017


The podcast continues to grow and it is thanks to our wonderful audience. Thank you for taking the time to listen to these powerful Veteran stories. …

#20 Bobby Henline - Army Veteran, Comedian

March 3rd, 2017


We're back with another great episode of This Week at VA. This week's featured guest is Army Veteran, Bobby Henline.

As a 4-tour Iraqi War Veteran, Retired Staff Sergeant, Wounded Warrior, Comedian, and Bravo748 …

#19 Dr. David Shulkin - Secretary of Veterans Affairs

February 24th, 2017


I hope everyone had a pleasant President's Day weekend. This week's podcast is an exciting one as it features our new Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin. …

#18 Jared Lyon - Navy Veteran, Student Veterans of America CEO

February 17th, 2017


The podcast has officially reached more than 10,000 hits. We are truly grateful that all of you have taken the time to listen. This week continues …

#17: Joe Chenelly - Marine Veteran, AMVETS National Executive Director

February 10th, 2017


This Week at VA episode 17 features Marine Corps Veteran Joe Chenelly. Joe currently serves as the National Executive Director for AMVETS. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March …

Kayla Williams - Policy Research Roundtable on Women Veterans

February 8th, 2017


Kayla Williams delivered some remarks this week at the Policy Research Roundtable on Women Veterans.

She spoke about her career, the Center for Women …

#16: James Horton – Air Force Veteran, Cemetery Director

February 3rd, 2017


This Week at VA episode 16 features Air Force Veteran Jim Horton. Jim currently serves as the Director for the National Memorial Cemetery of the …

#15: Gordon Wallace – Army Veteran, VA Volunteer Services

January 27th, 2017


This week's podcast is going to get emotional. Our feature interview is with Army Veteran Gordon Wallace.

We first met Gordon at the VA Pacific …

Battle of the Bulge Veteran Harry Miller shares his story

January 25th, 2017


On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched what is considered their last major offensive of World War II. Just shortly after the Allied force's …

#14: Christian Benedetto - Marine Veteran, PTSDJournal

January 19th, 2017


Episode 14 of the #VApodcast features Marine Veteran Christian Benedetto. Christian Benedetto was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in November 2013. In the nearly 25 years that have passed since his …

#13: John Lee Dumas - Army Veteran, Entrepreneur on Fire

January 13th, 2017


Episode 13 features Army Veteran John Lee Dumas. John Lee Dumas is the host of EOFire, an award winning Podcast where he interviews today's most …

State of VA: Putting Veterans First

January 10th, 2017


Special midweek episode for you with the State of VA.

As part of a two day  MyVA Advisory Committee meeting, VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson spoke about the significant progress made in the …

#12: James Davis - Air Force Veteran, formerly homeless Veteran

January 6th, 2017


I hope everyone had a fun and safe new year.  Our first episode of 2017 is with James "Jim" Davis. Jim is an Air Force Veteran and currently does Veteran Outreach for Pathways to Housing DC.

Jim has lived an interesting …

#11: Blayne Smith – Army Veteran, Team RWB Executive Director

December 30th, 2016


I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday and has some fun, safe plans for New Years. Our final episode of 2016 is with Blayne Smith. Blayne is an Army …

#10: Gregorio Kishketon - Marine Veteran, Native American

December 23rd, 2016


We're ten episodes in! This podcast has been a lot of fun and we appreciate all of the great feedback we've received. Episode ten brings us Marine Veteran Gregorio Kishketon.

Greg is a VA employee that works at the …

#9: Justin Blazejewski – Marine Veteran, yogi

December 16th, 2016


Episode nine brings us Marine Veteran Justin Blazejewski.

Justin’s introduction to yoga began in 2007 while he was searching for different exercises …

#8: Alfred Rodrigues – Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor

December 9th, 2016


Episode eight brings us Navy Veteran Alfred Rodrigues. He's affectionately called "Uncle Al" around the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Uncle Al was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7th, 1941. We caught …

#7: Kayla Williams – Army Veteran, Director of Center for Women Veterans

December 2nd, 2016


Episode seven brings us Army Veteran Kayla Williams. Kayla serves as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs, and …

#6: Michael Lumpkin – Navy Veteran, cancer survivor & civil servant

November 25th, 2016


We hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. Here at VA, we are all thankful for our Veterans, their families and our staff that are committed to …

#5: Brad Snyder – Navy Veteran, Paralympic Gold Medalist

November 18th, 2016


This week's featured guest is Navy Veteran Brad Snyder. Snyder has been a #VeteranOfTheDay and is featured in our videos from the Team USA Awards, where Brad first agreed to today's interview.

Bradley Snyder is a …

#4: Robert A. McDonald – Army Veteran, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

November 11th, 2016


Happy Veterans Day! Joining us on this Veterans Day episode is Secretary Robert McDonald. Secretary McDonald, who prefers to be called "Bob," is an Army Veteran and former CEO of Procter & Gamble. An Army veteran, …

#3: Fred Wellman – Army Veteran, CEO of ScoutComms

November 4th, 2016


November is upon is and episode three of the podcast is here. This week's feature guest is Army Veteran Fred Wellman.

Wellman is a retired Army officer having served 22-years as an aviator and public affairs officer …

#2: Francisco Urena – Marine Veteran, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services

October 28th, 2016


Francisco Urena is a Marine Veteran and currently serves as Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services and previously served as the Veterans’ services officer for the cities of Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts.

#1: Haley Carter - Marine Veteran, soccer player/coach

October 28th, 2016


Haley Carter is a Marine Veteran and retired American professional soccer player who currently serves as assistant coach for the Afghanistan women’s …

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