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#280: Benefits Breakdown, Precision Medicine w/ Million Veteran Program
This week’s Borne the Battle – a benefits breakdown – features the Million Veteran Program (MVP), which is a national, voluntary research program to learn about how genes, lifestyle and military exposures affect health and illness in hopes to provide precision medicine improve health care for Veterans.
#279 Memorial Day w/ MG (ret.) Charles Swannack, Speedway MotorSports’ VP of Armed Forces Affairs
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, served as a brigade commander during Operation Uphold Democracy, was a battalion commander during Operation Nimrod Dancer and served in many more roles.
Despite his impressive military service, Swannack argues that his contributions pale in comparison to the ones made by service members who lost their lives while in the line of duty. As a civilian with Speedway Motorsports, he helps Veterans and military families honor those who have fallen with events like NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway's Coke 600.
#278 Recovering After Loss w/ MG (ret.) Mark Graham, US Army, Vets4Warriors, Father
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 be the same. And yet, he still finds joy in his life through helping Veterans triumph in their darkest moments.
On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Graham takes listeners on a riveting journey through his life. He described how personal loss, depression, mental health, family, grief, healing, perseverance and his service to the nation all intersected to shape him into the person he is today.
Graham dedicated a substantial part of his life after his sons’ deaths to combat the stigma surrounding mental health. When he parented his sons, he felt that he severely underestimated the seriousness of depression. But he now iterates that mental health is real and a serious concern. Along with his wife, Carol, Graham established the Jeff and Kevin Graham Memorial Fund, among other organizations and funds, to collect donations that support the prevention of suicide and the study of depression.
And because of his experiences, Graham is currently the director of Vets4Warriors, a nonprofit that runs a 24/7 confidential peer support network for struggling Veterans, active-duty service members, national guard, reservists, and families of any of these groups. This program hires Veterans and trains them to help guide Veterans or those in the military community who may be going through a difficult time in the right direction by connecting them with resources or just being a place to lend an open ear. The service is completely free and confidential.
Call 1-855-838-8255 to get in touch with a Vets4Warriors peer
The Vets4Warriors program collaborates closely with the Veterans Crisis Line, which provides pointed assistance for Veterans in crisis.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to get in touch with a Veteran Crisis Line responder
PBS’s 2022 National Memorial Day Concert will feature Graham and his wife sharing their story and how they hope to motivate those that are struggling to get help.
Graham wants everyone who hears his story to seek assistance if suffering from poor mental health or depression. He recognizes that the first step of reaching out for help can be hard. But Graham also argues that there are people who want to help, people like himself who know what going through a traumatic time in life is like. He and his team at Vets4Warriors are ready to help.
Borne the Battle Veteran of the Week:
Army Veteran Jeremiah Thomas Wittman
Distance should never be an impediment to getting support. The VA MISSION Act of 2020 improves access to community care. Learn more about the Act here.
Borne the Battle episode 212 features Aaron Quinonez and his app Operation Pop Smoke. The app helps Veterans build their post-service squad to help one provide support for one another.
Statement from Secretaries Fudge, McDonough, Vilsack and Yellen on continued efforts to connect homeowners to pandemic relief.
BtB Rewind: Nate Boyer, Army Veteran, Green Beret, Seattle Seahawk, Community Organizer
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
While she was still on active duty, Army Veteran Olivia Nunn suffered a mental health crisis and contemplated suicide. She opens up about her experience and talks about how she found the help she needed, the challenges of transitioning from soldier to civilian and the need for better mental health resources for military personnel.
#276 Navy Veteran Ken Harbaugh, Nonprofit Entrepreneur, Podcast Host
This week's Borne the Battle episode features Navy Veteran Ken Harbaugh, Podcast host, Entrepreneur and co-founder of The Mission Continues.
Worth the listen
Excellent show with outstanding guests, helpful, and timely information.
Who saw the one where they were talking about illegal operations after getting chased from Afghanistan? Or the one where they laughed about drone strikes and other war crimes?
Every episode is a Great Episode!
The episode with Navy Veteran Ken Harbaugh spoke the truth about all Veterans’ feeling of service that continues after their time in the military ends. Once service starts, that feeling and passion never ends.
Longtime listener, Vince Walburn USAF 1983 - 2015.