Borne the Battle
Borne the Battle
Department of Veterans Affairs
Hosted by Marine Corps Veteran Tanner Iskra, 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 may be discussed in this podcast, nor any media, products or services they may provide.
#221: USAF Veteran Mark Harper, President/CMO of We Are The Mighty
Air Force Veteran and We Are the Mighty President, Mark Harper, shares how serving in Combat Camera set him up for a career as an entrepreneur and Hollywood executive.
Nov 23
1 hr 40 min
#220: Benefits Breakdown, Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019
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 able to visit parts of the world he had never seen before. The last thing he expected was to have been exposed to Agent Orange while off the coast of Vietnam. In this episode of Borne the Battle, two Veterans, one receiving the benefit and the one who administers it, talk about the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. They discussed how Veterans can file a claim, the criteria VA uses to evaluate applicants and what benefits eligible Veterans can expect to receive.
Nov 16
59 min
#219: Marine Corps Birthday w/ Chad Robichaux, Bellator/Strikeforce MMA Fighter, Mighty Oaks Foundation
This week’s Marine Corps Birthday episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran, former police officer, MMA champion, bestselling author and founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, Chad Robichaux. He turned his passion and greatest struggles into a foundation that helps his fellow Veterans who suffer from PTSD. When PTSD ended his military career, Robichaux fell back on his skills as a martial artist. He fought in Strikeforce and Bellator, won HDNet’s Legacy FC belt and became a world champion MMA fighter. However, his fighting career consumed him, worsening his PTSD and delivering a reckoning to face his serious issues. At the height of his MMA career, Robichaux was on the verge of suicide. After realizing that he needed a holistic approach to self-care instead of drowning himself in fights, he made the choice to seek help from his wife and found support in faith. Now, he strives to help other Veterans discover the strength of a multifaceted approach to treating PTSD before they become statistics.
Nov 9
1 hr 41 min
#218: David Muir, Easterseals, Veteran Staffing Network
This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Army Veteran David Muir, Senior Vice President for the Veterans Staffing Network, a project of Easterseals.
Nov 2
1 hr 5 min
#217: Bigfoot and UFOs w/ Jennifer Marshall, Navy Veteran, Host of CW's Mysteries Decoded
Bigfoot, Aliens, Vampires: Do paranormal creatures really exist or are they all products of our imagination? Navy Veteran and private investigator, Jennifer Marshall, started her own show to investigate and solve these mysteries. Marshall believes she has some answers and joins this Halloween episode of Borne the Battle to share her perspective.
Oct 26
32 min
BONUS: COVID-19 Update No. 7: Clinical Trials and Emergency Care
COVID UPDATE: Army Veteran Dr. Molly Klote and Dr. Chad Kessler discuss VA’s participation in Operatin Warp Speed and other COVID vaccine trials, ER past, present, and future protocols, and the importance of getting your flu shot.
Oct 21
49 min
#216: Mentoring the Post-Military Journey w/ Air Force Veteran David Tenenbaum, Director of Heroes Linked
This week's Borne the Battle podcast episode features Air Force Veteran David Tenenbaum, the founder of Honor Media and the director of Heroes Linked.
Oct 19
1 hr 29 min
#215: Benefits Breakdown, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program
Dr. LeAnn Bruce, National Program Manager for the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP), joins this week’s episode of Borne the Battle to share why no one should ever feel ashamed to seek out IPV support and describes what services VA offers to help Veterans in need.
Oct 12
56 min
#214: WWE Superstar and Marine Veteran Stephen Kupryk
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 school athletics and the influence of 9/11 took him down a road which would ultimately land him in the country’s premier sports entertainment promotion.
Oct 5
1 hr 2 min
#213: Healing through Poetry w/ Army Veteran Erika Land, War Poet
The first poem Army Veteran Erika Land composed was meant to be her farewell gift to the world before she committed suicide. Now she travels around the country to share the art which motivated her to keep on living.
Sep 28
1 hr 3 min
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