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.
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#212: Fighting to End Veteran Suicide with the Press of a Button w/ Marine Veteran Aaron Quinonez, CEO of Operation Pop Smoke
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 Corps, as he soon faced divorce, homelessness and the inability to secure a long-term job. Over time, his mental health steadily deteriorated as PTSD ravaged his mind. For Quinonez, life seemed to always get worse, and on one July 4th afternoon, he parked in an empty lot, pulled out his SIG Sauer and prepared to end his life.
In this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Quinonez shares his journey from being homeless and on the brink of committing suicide to becoming an entrepreneur, sharing how he developed new programs and a mobile app to help Veterans suffering from PTSD and suicidal thoughts.
#211: Benefits Breakdown, Debt Management Center
Veterans (Army) Jason Hoge and (Marines) Joseph Schmitt cover how their personal experiences help guide them to help others who face a debt repayment. They also break down the assistance provided to Veterans during situations such as natural disasters and COVID-19.
#210: Tony Temerario, 9/11 Responder, Green Beret, AT&T Executive
This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Green Beret Veteran Tony Temerario, who was a 9/11 responder to the Pentagon and is a current AT&T executive.
#209: Simplifying Online Identity w/ Blake Hall, Army Veteran, Founder and CEO of ID.me
Army Veteran Blake Hall shares what life was like after leaving the Army, insight to the future of online identification, and shares what a lot of entrepreneurs forget to do when pitching their ideas to investors.
#208: Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg
Army Veteran Florent Groberg, received the Medal of Honor in 2015 for actions during the War in Afghanistan. He has since become an business leader for LinkedIn, Boeing and Microsoft - and has also been made a playable character in Call of Duty: Warzone
BtB Rewind: Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke and USA Basketball, Army Veteran
This week we go back in time and revisit, Duke and USA Basketball legend, Coach K's interview on Borne the Battle.
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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
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.