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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#261: BJJ Evangelist, Meme Generator and Professional Educator, Marine Veteran Tim Davis
Marine Veteran and multiple viral meme'd Tim Davis discusses his time in service and his decision to leave early. In this episode he shares how he discovered new passions like education and jiu-jitsu to heal his body and mind.
#260: Benefits Breakdown, VA Mobile Apps
VA Mobile Mental Health Apps provide free tools and information to support and help Veterans manage PTSD-related symptoms and stress, learn mindfulness practices, aim to reduce suicide risk and strengthen parenting skills. The apps were designed to meet the needs of Veterans; they are free, easy to download, and are available via VA App Store, Google Play and Apple App Store.
#259: Counterfeit Pills w/ DEA Agent and Navy Veteran Bill Czopek
Special Agent Bill Czopek discusses his time in the Navy, his experience in the DEA, and some things Veterans should be concerned about when it comes to counterfeit pills and the illegal drug trade.
#258: 100 Year Old WWII Army/Air Force Veteran Fannie Griffin McClendon, "Six Triple Eight"
In 1945, warehouses in Birmingham, England, were brimming with unsent postal mail intended for U.S. soldiers at the frontlines. At the same time, African American organizations pressed the War Department to create more opportunities for African American Women’s Army Corps members to serve. Tackling two issues at once, the War Department started recruiting African American women and formed the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The job was expected to take six months. The "Six Triple Eight" did it in three.
Retired Air Force Major Fannie Griffin McClendon was one of these women to take up the monumental task of ensuring soldiers on the frontlines received mail sent to them by their loved ones, regardless of rain, sleet, “buzz bombs,” racism, and sexism. Indeed, throughout her time in the 6888th Battalion and later as a commander with Strategic Air Command, she faced and overcame many instances of racism and sexism thrown at her. This ranged from men who refused to serve under her because she was a woman. Focusing on her vital duties to the country, McClendon knocked down barriers and shattered glass ceilings at every corner of her military career.
#257: Army Veteran Vincent "Rocco" Vargas, Entrepreneur, Entertainer, Actor on Mayans MC on FX
If you know of Black Rifle Coffee Company or watch Mayans MC on FX, you may already know this week’s Borne the Battle guest – Army Veteran, entrepreneur, actor and overall entertainer Vincent Vargas. In this week's episode of Borne the Battle, Vincent Vargas discusses his many transitions between sports, military and civilian lives, getting into acting, his time on the Drinkin' Bros podcast, and the founding of Beteran, his Veteran-focused clothing line that emphasizes empowerment and positivity rather than the prevailing Veteran narratives of depression, alcoholism, and suicide.
#256: Primetime Emmy Award Winning Foley Artist and Marine Veteran David Bonilla
USMC Veteran David Bonilla faced hard times after returning to civilian life. However, Veterans Affairs helped Bonilla get back on track and he ultimately decided to use his GI Bill benefits to attend audio school. Now he works as foley artist and has a Primetime Emmy Award to his name.
Another Great Episode!
Absolutely Loved the episode with WWII Veteran Fannie Griffin McClendon! I had read a story in the American Legion Magazine several months ago about this unit. Loved hearing her voice and enthusiasm for life. A wonderful woman with a lot of Love for Life. Great job Tanner! Vince Walburn USAF
Borne the Battle does an excellent job of including a diverse range of guests, and Tanner is a fantastic host - he's always able to make the guests feel at ease in sharing their incredible stories. The podcast has the perfect balance of important information, humorous and inspiring stories, and conversations about serious or difficult topics.
For Vets by Vets.
The Borne the Battle podcast is an excellent way to not only be informed but stay connected. Listen in to a variety of veteran/military related topics and learn about the different services the VA has to offer along with engaging stories from our nations veterans.