Episode #247 / Suicide Awareness
Great talk about Veteran suicide and how connecting with Vets on hikes can heal by restoring connections and camaraderie.
Love this podcast
And episode 245 - proud to work at VA, recognizing work like Josh Seefried’s and celebrating PRIDE month.
Great for All Vets
I've been listening for about a year now and love how alot of 90' - 00's vets start off with "Went to college and realized it wasn't for me.." I introduced this podcast to my dad by playing it whenever I drive him around. Great info for him to use now and great for myself as I get ready to exit active duty. Keep up the awesome content and information!
FireFox of War
A comprehensive podcast highlighting the Veteran experience...
Tanner & Co. at the Borne the Battle podcast have a unique talent in delivering insightful interviews about Veteran services, careers, and personal experiences which helps audiences peer into the mindset of Veterans in life after active service. The podcast offers informative content for listeners both civilian and military alike which makes it an ideal resource for anyone who is or might have a loved one in need of any of the programs or guidance provided in the content of Borne the Battle. This podcast without a doubt holds up to it’s moniker derived from the motto of the VA, stemming from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”
One of the best episodes so far
Listening to this episode was so fulfilling. Knowing there are non-for profits out there doing great work for veterans was so encouraging. Please keep the great work and keep bringing the guest that have many things to offer to fellow veterans. Great job!!!
From a VA employee
This podcast is awesome not only for Veterans but VA employees as well. I’m not a Veteran myself but I work closely with Veterans everyday in my job and I love hearing their stories and the benefit breakdowns on your show. It helps me better connect with Veterans and guide them to the many resources VA has to offer. Most importantly, it reminds me why I love my job and working with Veterans.
Critical Info, Inspiration, and Honor
Tanner is rocking’ it with a great balance of important info for vets and powerful stories of vets across the spectrum all of which really lift up and honor the service of our vets. From the first “Oh yeah!” To the final "lug a thousand rounds not bringing back one,” Tanner is focused on the needs of all vets. The VA press releases (best when summarized as bullet points) keep us up-to-date on the important things the VA is doing for our vets. The interviews are unlike anything found anywhere else. The stories bring me back to that esprit de corps and calls me to not drop the flag and keep developing-growing to be the best veteran I can be where I once sought to be the best soldier I could be. I haven’t really caught that call to be the best veteran anywhere else in the last 30 years. I have known that I can never get what the Army called and made me to be when in uniform, I just haven’t realized that is a calling for me as a vet as well. Thanks Tanner. In recent episodes for black history month and now women’s history month have deeply impacted me even as a white male—I’am a veteran. I would so like to meet these incredible people and for a short time, Tanner brings them to us. If your a vet, whether you know it or not, its in your heart and in your blood. Be sure and catch Borne The Battle to better live as a vet.
Great podcast for Veterans! I’ve really loved these last few episodes highlighting women Veterans. I enjoy all the episodes & am usually able to walk away w/some enlightening information. However, as a woman Veteran myself, these last few episodes with Dawn, Graciela & Diane have been extremely inspirational & empowering! Truly grateful for women Veterans like them who have set the path for myself & other women Veterans to follow!
Great for Veterans
This is a great service for veterans. Thanks for keeping us informed. I'm 4 years out after a 31 year career and I still feel like I'm in transition. This is a nice way to stay informed of veteran issues and hear stories of inspiration. Keep up the good work!
Just heard about this on an Email... Wished I hadn’t.
This podcast is bought and paid for by the VA and it uses a cute little toy veteran as it’s host. Listed to the episode for VR&E, let me explain that the entirety of the PodCast is propaganda. Not one instance of the host or the director speaking actually is how this program works. In addition to the programs(VR&E) counselors being gate keepers, not actually licensed clinicians, they will do everything they can to provoke veterans during the interview process, they will and have asked thousands of veterans to email PII over non-secure emails to these program gatekeepers, they are not actually aware of the laws and requirements of the program thus they will lie and manipulate the veteran every chance they get. Example: the first time I applied I was told that assisted everyday living was all I was able to receive, they then sent me a letter removing me from the program. Nothing the director said happened; I received no in home assistance, no rehabilitation assistance and absolutely no equipment support. I just had my second interview under the same program new title, “VR&E.” Where the counselor was unaware for over a week that my paperwork was scanned into my file and had no idea the VA was using a central fax line! Then she informed me that because I had “0” months of Post 9-11 GI Bill I would not be able to go to college. According to the program director of VBA Houston that is a lie, according to the VBA National Director that is a lie. But for us “peasants” on the ground floor these lies and propaganda are what we live with. Like community care and no wait lines longer than a month? It took 2 months to get community care for medicine to be placed into my intrathecal pain pump, I have been waiting 14 days for an “emergency referral” for a dental abscess. Save yourself the time of listening to this podcast. Pray the country fixes it, or pray no one ever has to suffer the indignity of having the military ruin their lives and then be stuck dealing with socialist Russia politics and programs of the VA!
New to the podcast
I started listening to Borne the Battle last year, but due to COVID I spent the majority of my year working from home and didn’t find myself listening to podcasts. Now that I’m back to commuting, I look forward to new episodes each week! I was active duty for 5 years in the Marines, spent some time using my GI Bill, had 6 years in the Air Force Reserve, and now I’ve commissioned in the active Air Force. I enjoy the diversity of these podcast and have already started sharing stories with my coworkers. Hopefully I can get some of them to listen and enjoy Borne the Battle! Keep it up Tanner Iskra! Good stuff!
Informative and Entertaining
An outstanding resource for veteran specific information. But also a diverse collection of interviews where guests share their personal stories. Relatable and entertaining to veterans and civilians alike.
My new favorite Podcast
I highly encourage all Veterans to subscribe to this podcast. I retired from the Army in 2011, and in this age of polarized culture, news and other media, I was struggling against the negativity of it all. Borne the Battle has created a great place to rejoin my ‘tribe’ of the military. The Veterans’ stories of struggles and success, and even just reminiscing about deployments has become a great way to reconnect to my positive Service experiences. I recommend all Vets turn off the news, and listen to this podcast. Thanks Tanner! Outstanding job!
Clear, succinct information, delivered in a pace and tone to convey that information but not put one to sleep. The one critique is that some parts could be quicker. The pause between phrases could be less. Otherwise very good. Thanks!
Host is great!
Tanner is a great host (fellow Marine, no surprise :) I honestly thought this podcast was just going to be VA bureaucracy talk but it’s actually very interesting personal stories of fellow veterans. Thank you for sharing these!!
Great podcast for Veterans!
Every episode is informative and entertaining. Very timely info on VA benefits. Always time well spent. The Blue Water Navy show really hit home due to all the Vietnam Vets that I know. I always spread the news I hear as well as promoting the podcast! Keep up the great work Tanner! Vince Walburn USAF 1983-2015
The Halloween Episode was the best one yet!
David T episode
David and I go way back to flight school together...probably a good thing he didn’t share any stories! He has done amazing work for the Veteran community and I am proud to say we are friends. Heroes Linked is an excellent organization and I encourage all Vets to give it a look, whether you are looking for help or want to help out. Additionally Borne the Battle has done an exceptional job of showcasing Veterans. Well done Tanner, keep up the great work!
Love your podcast
I have been listening to your podcast for a couple of months now and truly been enjoying listening to the personal stories of various stories. Most recently i was very touched by how Erika started using/writing poetry to heal herself and others. Her poetry is relatable to us veterans. I also enjoyed listening to Aaron’s story and learning about Operation Pop Smoke. Thank you and keep up the good work
Connection is the key. Tanner connects with his guests personally and professionally. Episode #212 was deeply moving as Marine Corps Veteran Aaron Quinones gives a personal account of his struggles after returning home from war.
Vets On Radio
Life goes on
Sometimes we all need help. For so many years we were told that we were weak if we needed help. Isn’t it a trip? Everything that we ever accomplished was as a team though? From the first team as a child and the mother/father/caretaker. I have never heard of a child successfully rearing itself have you? Why then, do we fight so hard and have so many reservations in asking for help? We need you in life it will go on and this podcast is one of our resources. Our mentors would tell us to use every resource. Regain you sense of purpose and take every hand that wants to pull you and push you up. Life goes on my friends.
Would recommend to all veterans
This is the first podcast I’ve listened to. I found it on the VA news letter. I’ve recommended it to all my battle buddies. Thanks for the this great representation of the diversity of veterans.
I am my Father’s Child
I just found this podcast in an email that I received from the VA. The story that came up when I pressed enter was a Podcast of Borne the Battle, #213 Healing through Poetry w/Army Veteran Erika Land, War Poet, she’s also dealing with PTSD. It’s really interesting that she had written this poem not immediately, but was saving it as a farewell gift to the world before she committed suicide. The rest you will have to read about and discover the outcome for yourselves. I’ll NOT ruin the interview. I just want to say of Erika, thanks for finding your voice. I am and has been dealing with PTSD for quite a few years. I didn’t even know what PTSD was. However, while still on active duty, I was feeling that something wasn’t right within myself. I tried to seek out help but it was to no avail. After retiring from the Military, I once again sought help. This time I went to the VA and to no avail. It wasn’t until our son who was in the Marines came home and hung himself at 26 years of age. I found our son early early that New Year’s Day. I myself had gone to the VA for years trying to get help for myself. My thinking was off, my rationalizing was off, my concentration was off, and I was having dreams of events that I witnessed while serving on active duty. I was restless, seemed to be on edge, and most of all I was beginning to not trust myself. I had gone to the VA several times, and was told and my records documented that I did “not” have PTSD. However, after the sudden death of our son, I again sought out help at the VA. This time, the same mental health doctor who had earlier disapproved my PTSD finally gave me the diagnosis so that I was able to begin receiving the proper treatment for PTSD. I had to struggle and advocate for myself. It’s now been several years and I’m still trying to find my voice. In the meantime, I take it one day at a time. On a few occasions I’ve contemplated suicide, but then felt guilty for letting so many people down, so I didn’t go through with it. I’m happy for Erika, that she have found her voice. This poem really speaks, and her voice is powerful. It speaks so much that I had to listen to it from the very beginning. Thank you fellow soldier for finding your voice, and sharing that gift through poetry. It’s hearing your story, and the story of so many others that push me to continue standing. Soon I will be helping the cause. I know with time, I too! will find my voice. Thank you for airing this post cast. I have given you 5stars.
Just found this podcast
From RallyPoint. There are so many non-profits working to prevent suicides. I’m in Kansas and one of our organizations is The Forgotten22.
Veterans Must-Listen Pod!!
Found this pod off a VA email. Lots of great info and real-time updates! Recommend to all Vets and their dependents!
Glad to find your podcast
Dear Tanner, I have just discovered your podcast and have been listening to Borne the Battle since then. I appreciate the information provided and am inspired by the folks that you have had on the show. Thank you for all that you do for vets.
Amazing episode! Candid and insightful discussion with Aaron Quinonez. Thank you for bringing this inspirational warrior’s story to your BtB listeners.
Blue One Ghost
Gray area soldiers
Great podcast very informative I would like to hear a podcast about gray area soldiers benefits. What’s new or what’s coming soon I served 22yrs in the USAR and has been a gray area soldiers for 12yrs Thanks SSG Sturgis Retired
I was a Combat Veteran wounded by shrapnel in my back. I now have a Titanium back with Titanium rods, screws, and cages. I have been disabled since 2004 when I had the surgery at Johns Hopkins University. This is very informative and helpful so I am able to try to apply for benefits. I still don’t know what the outcome is, but at the very least I have been able to apply. Thank you for all the help and information on my benefits. Thanks Again, Jeff H. Conz
Adjeng & Jeff
Best podcast ever!!!!!
Love the updates about what new things the VA is doing
So proud of the VA for modernizing. I am career USAF Veteran, not a combat Veteran. Love the focus on wellness. Your stories about how Veterans is also appreciated. Kathy Lowrey Gallowitz
Warrior Soul Podcast
As a 22 year vet of the United States Air Force I say thank you. You provide an invaluable resource to our community. I have been retired from service for 10 years and am just now learning of the many services afforded us. Again, thank you for what you do. FM MSgt USAF (retired)
Inspiring, Insightful, Fun
Listened to first episode with Author G. Michael Hopf. This Marine understands carpe diem as a prolific writer. Engaging host who ties in military service. I look forward to many more podcasts. Donald G. “ Skip” Mondragon, MD Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired Author of Wrestling Depression Is Not For Wimps
Great topics, coverage, and guests
Enjoyable content and a great way to stay up to date on VA programs and policies. Used VA for multiple home loans over 20 years and recently started receiving health care and disability. Lots of great programs. Thanks for this info push tool. Great podcast for vets.
Some of the best information out there in the veteran sphere.
Joined the service in the 70’s
I missed The camaraderie and thought I was all alone. I am in my 60’s now and feel connected again. Thank You
I wish I had discovered this podcast when I had just separated from active duty. I felt very isolated and this is a great way to feel connected to the community. Keep up the good work!
Episode194 is excellent
What I need to hear. This is something I wanted to get involved with write books this inspires me to complete mine. Thank you for this. I’m a former Navy/Coast Guard Quartermaster and have lots of sea stories to share. Thank you for this episode.
Eff Enn Gee
Yeah, just discovered this podcast and it immediately became one of my top go-to podcasts. Been a Veteran since 1983 but never did anything with the VA but a home loan about twenty years ago. This year, started working on a claim for a documented service-connected issue AND found “Borne the Battle!” Have heard so many great hero of the week stories and learned about so many different Veterans’ organizations. I highly recommend this podcasts for all Veterans.
Great timely info
This podcast gives a lot of great information and is very entertaining. Professional podcast for Veterans by veterans!
Doc 8400 8404 8406
I consider my self well versed in VA benefits, but through this podcast I’m getting a lot of information on care and benefits I am new to. Well done! I really appreciate this medium and I hope the VA will continue to support this podcast. Outstanding professional resource. -Ryan Baer, SGT, USMC Veteran
I am training for a career as a VA health care provider. These interviews are an enjoyable way for me to learn more about the diverse experiences and perspectives of Veterans.
Interesting topics and well produced!
I had the pleasure of serving under lieutenant commander Iskra on board the USS Opportune ( ARS-41 ). Because of my pride of service with her my young adult daughters were raised to know that anything is possible. I personally want to thank you for your work in equality for women everywhere.
Love it. Awesome content. Keep it up. It's one of the few things I look forward to each week.
Long Time Lisener
I have listened to all episodes of the podcast. Always impressed by stories of veterans and VA staff. Benefit episodes are helpful. I especially enjoyed the recent episode about the 50th Vietnam War anniversary program. I received my pin at traveling wall exhibit in KY a few years ago. Keep up the good work!
I really enjoy listening to your podcast!! It keeps me up to date with the VA. Former Marine turned Middle School teacher!! Keep doing the great work!! Makes me miss being in the Marine Corps!! Semper Fidelis
Podcast for all
Great podcast very informative
Thank you for explaining the different lanes for following up on claims and appeals. Looking forward to more information provided in this podcast. Blessings, Mike McCleary, USN, Retired CPO