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.
#241: Motherhood and Deployments with Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman, Host of Women of the Military Podcast, Author, Blogger
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 who deploy shortly after becoming mothers and what men should be conscious of about the female military experience.
May 10
54 min
#240: Benefits Breakdown: Home Interest Rate Reduction Loans (IRRRL)
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 the VA Loan Guaranty Service, joins Borne the Battle to break down VA’s Interest Rate Reduction and Refinance Loan (IRRRL), mortgage refinancing, VA home loans and how they help Veterans stay in their homes.
May 3
57 min
#239: Future of Team Rubicon with Marine Veteran Jake Wood, Former Sniper, Veterans Coalition for Vaccinations
Marine Corps Veteran Jake Wood decided to put his military training to good use after an earthquake devastated Haiti to found Team Rubicon, whose mission is providing relief to those affected by disaster, no matter when or where they strike. In addition, Team Rubicon recently spearheaded a partnership with five other Veterans’ organizations to help Veterans leverage their unique skills and experiences to help with the American vaccination effort. Most recently, Jake is stepping down as Team Rubicon CEO after 11 years. Find out why in this episode.
Apr 26
1 hr 5 min
#238: Mental Health for ANY Veteran w/ Army Veteran Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek
In this episode of Borne the Battle, Army Veteran Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek, a board-certified clinical psychologist, discusses changes in treating Veterans in times of COVID, cognitive behavioral therapy, the importance of mental healthcare and how any Veteran, regardless of discharge status, can receive cost-free mental health care at any Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in the country.
Apr 19
1 hr
#237: Sustainable Employment for Veterans and Military Spouses w/ RADM Dan Kloeppel
Many Veterans who transition out of the military and military spouses struggle to secure stable and enjoyable jobs. Retired Navy Veteran and fighter pilot, Daniel Kloeppel and his wife Deborah, founded nonprofits to address those problems. They have helped over a total of 120,000 Veterans and military spouses get hired with an average salary of $70,000 and they are ready keep helping more.
Apr 12
1 hr 8 min
#236: Treating PTSD w/o Pharmaceuticals w/ Navy SEAL Veteran Mikal Vega, Actor, Producer, Director, Yoga Teacher
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 his PTSD, discovering alternative therapies, and founding a nonprofit with the goal of sharing what he has learned.
Apr 5
1 hr 35 min
#235: VA Secretary Denis McDonough
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 complex bureaucracy. Being a veteran of Capitol Hill, he aims to leverage his knowledge to better serve our nation’s military Veterans. Being a lifelong civil servant, McDonough enters his new position with a vast wealth of knowledge about navigating the federal government to achieve goals. Whether he successfully leverages his extensive experience from Capitol Hill to effectively serve America’s Veterans – he says that will ultimately be decided by you.
Mar 29
1 hr 2 min
#234: Nurses in Vietnam w/ Army Veteran Diane Carlson Evans
Evans enlisted and served in Vietnam from 1968-69 as a trauma nurse in the surgical and burn wards at Vung Tau and later as head nurse in a surgical unit at Pleiku. She treated wounded soldiers and civilians, many of whom came straight from the worst of the fighting. She is the founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation and joined Borne the Battle to discuss her decision to become a nurse, time serving in Vietnam as a combat nurse, decision to re-enlist after working in a civilian hospital and her fight for a women’s memorial on the National Mall.
Mar 22
1 hr 32 min
#233: Honoring Vietnam Veterans with MG Peter Aylward
Fifty years ago, our nation’s Vietnam Veterans came home. Since then, many of them have yet to even hear a “thank you.” Retired Major General Peter Aylward is on an effort to recognize every Vietnam Veteran before it is too late. Hear what this effort means to him and how you can help.
Mar 15
1 hr 10 min
#232: "Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá," Air Force Veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Publisher, Author, Global Marketer
Air Force Veteran Graciela Tiscarena-Sato is the founder of Gracefully Global Group, LLC, a multicultural publishing and content development firm. On this week’s episode, she discusses her military experience, transitioning into a global marketing position for a telecommunications company, writing, publishing and the importance of mentorship and personal branding.
Mar 8
2 hr 10 min
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