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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.

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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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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Episodes

#168: Coaching NCAA Lacrosse with Marine Veteran Chris Burke and Mitchell Shafer

10/23/2019
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This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Marine Corps Veteran Chris Burke and the youngest head coach in NCAA Lacrosse, Mitch Shafer. Burke discussed his service in the Marines, including his injury and recovery from an IED explosion in Afghanistan. However, Burke's real story begins on what he did after serving in Afghanistan. When Burke left service, he went back to school, where he planned on joining the lacrosse program in hopes of playing with his younger brother. But his plans...

Duration:01:32:35

#167: Paging Dr. Albert Weed, Green Beret Medic, Army Medical Officer, VA Surgeon

10/16/2019
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This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Dr. Albert Weed, whose career has taken him from enlisted Green Beret Army medic to an Army medical officer to VA surgeon. Weed discussed his name, and how his family’s military background and medical experiences led him to, among other things, peacekeeping in Egypt, swimming in Saddam Hussein's pool, and receiving four different DD-214s. Weed traces his journey's beginnings from high school and later to Special Forces training, where he...

Duration:01:04:09

#166: Navy to NASCAR w/ Jesse Iwuji

10/9/2019
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Sometimes, all it takes is a whiteboard and a marker to jump-start a dream into reality. This week’s Borne the Battle features guest Jesse Iwuji, whose creative and hardworking mindset led him to overcome great challenges and become a NASCAR driver. Growing up, Iwuji excelled at both track and football. His high school accomplishments led him to the Naval Academy's football team where he played safety. He graduated from the academy in 2010. After seven years active duty, Jesse...

Duration:01:12:47

#165: The Battle of Mogadishu w/ Army Ranger Veteran, Jeff Struecker

10/2/2019
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This week’s Borne the Battle episode features guest Jeff Struecker, who discusses his life as a soldier, pastor, and author. In 1987, Struecker enlisted in the army when he was 18. He excelled, serving in the 75 Ranger Regiment, and he played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mogadishu. He also won the 1996 Best Ranger Competition and was also recognized in 1998 as the U.S Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Noncommisioned Officer of the Year. After his time as a Ranger, Struecker...

Duration:00:51:57

#164: Benefits Breakdown - VA Vet Centers

9/25/2019
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2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of VA's Vet Centers. They started as outreach for Vietnam Veterans who did not utilize the VA as much as WWII Veterans. This week’s interview is Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran Michael Fisher who is the Senior Readjustment Counselor. He leads and has direct oversight of over 300 Vet Centers, 80 Mobile Vet Centers and the Vet Center Call Center. We broke it all down - how vet centers started, their differences between them and VA Medical Centers, their...

Duration:00:53:41

#163: Helping Reunite Veteran Families w/ Nathan Goncalves - Army Veteran, Equal Justice Works Fellow

9/18/2019
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On this week’s episode, Borne the Battle features guest Nathan Goncalves, who shares his story of struggle and perseverance. While Goncalves didn’t have the intrinsic calling to join the military, he enlisted at 23, seeking reform and discipline. It was in the Army that Goncalves sharpened his focus and developed lifelong friendships and mentors. Rough transition However, Goncalves' transition back to civilian life was not easy. In fact, it turned out to be some of his lowest...

Duration:01:30:55

Bonus Episode! - Mel Brooks, Adrian Cronauer, 2019 Military Influencer Conference Roundup

9/16/2019
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For months, I’ve been promising a special bonus podcast episode for when Born the Battle received its 100th rating and/or review on iTunes. We did it! But, before we get to Mel Brooks and the late Adrian Cronauer. In five months, our listenership has increased 500%. You’ve allowed more Veterans, VA employees and civilians to hear these amazing stories and to take advantage of all the benefit breakdowns in our archives. Thank You.

Duration:00:26:39

#162: September 11th with Dr. John Baxter - Air Force Veteran, 9/11 First Responder, SecDef's Flight Surgeon

9/11/2019
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On September 11, 2001, Air Force flight surgeon John Baxter showed up to work at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, to a full load of patients and completing physicals--just like any other day. Halfway through his morning while getting his next patient, he saw that a civilian airliner had flown into one of the World Trade Center towers. While with the patient, Baxter said he noticed the background noise in the Pentagon changed. It seemed quieter than usual. Then, he heard shouts. He...

Duration:00:59:39

#161: Todd Boeding – Marine Veteran, Carry the Load

9/4/2019
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On this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Tanner Iskra interviews guest Todd Boeding, who shares his past, present and future as a Marine Corps Veteran, as well as his involvement honoring Veterans through Carry the Load. Born and raised in Texas, Boeding was always known to take unorthodox paths in life. He dabbled in college, left for the Marine Corps seeking structure and discipline, and eventually returned to finish up his degree at The University of Texas at Dallas. Since leaving...

Duration:00:52:16

#160: Benefits Breakdown – Assistive Technology Program

8/28/2019
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In episode 157, we spoke with Army Veteran Ursula Draper about her role in the development of an Assistive Technology (AT) program. In this week's Benefits Breakdown, we take a deeper dive into how this program works and who is able to access it. The AT program will sound familiar to those who know Darwin’s Theory of Adaptation. The adaptation theory--also known as survival theory, or survival of the fittest--is an organism’s ability to adapt to changes in its environment and adjust...

Duration:00:29:40

#159: Curtez Riggs – Army Veteran, Entrepreneur, Military Influencer Conference

8/21/2019
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School. Military. Streets. In 1996, Curtez Riggs graduated high school and those were his options in Flint, Michigan. By that time, the auto industry that built “Buick City” had moved away. As a kid, Curtez picked up bottles, turned in cans and always had a side gig to bring in extra money. When it came time to make the decision, Curtez figured the Army was the best way to start his future. His entrepreneurship did not stop when he joined the Army. Curtez continuously started businesses...

Duration:01:06:08

#158: David Gowel – Army Veteran, RallyPoint CEO

8/14/2019
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This week’s Borne the Battle interview is with Army Iraq War Veteran, David Gowel, a West Point and Ranger School graduate who later became an assistant professor at MIT’s ROTC program. David is currently the CEO of RallyPoint, a military-themed social media network. Which begs the question: just how does a former armor platoon leader become the CEO for a social media company? And, with a crowded social landscape that includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and others, why would...

Duration:00:40:25

#157: Ursula Draper – Army Veteran, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Professional

8/7/2019
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Since some veterans have multiple traumas, known as polytrauma, VA dedicates resources to help Veterans with very complex issues. This week's Borne the Battle interview is with Army Veteran Ursula Draper, who developed the VA Assistive Technology Program in 2010. Draper, an Army Veteran, spent six years working as an ophthalmic technician at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. Using her GI Bill, Ursula received her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina...

Duration:00:47:56

#156: Daniel Sharp – Marine Veteran, CEO PopSmoke Media, Smokepit Podcast Host

7/31/2019
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If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you either follow this week's guest or have seen his work shared on your social media feed. This week’s Borne The Battle episode interview is with Marine Veteran Daniel Sharp, the Chief Executive Officer of PopSmoke Media and podcast host of The Smokepit. Sharp talks about his transition from the Marine Corps after 11 years of service as an infantryman to starting his own media company, to developing his podcast. We also go into his personal...

Duration:01:06:04

#155: Gary Profit – Army Veteran, WalMart Military Programs

7/24/2019
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Back in episode 43, Gary gave his original testimony on Borne the Battle. This week’s Borne The Battle episode provides an update from the Senior Director of Military Programs at Walmart on the hiring initiatives through the company and the Walmart Foundation donating $1 million to Hire Heroes USA. Profit worked as a defense contractor before hearing of the Walmart opportunity through a retiree network contact. He met with Walmart officials and became the first person to serve in his...

Duration:00:44:55

#154: Benefits Breakdown – VA Center of Faith and Opportunity Initiative

7/17/2019
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The VA Center of Faith’s and Opportunity Initiative’s mission is “engage, inform and educate faith-based, nonprofit and community/neighborhood organizations in VA programs to better serve the needs of Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers and other beneficiaries.” Basically, VA understands that sometimes, faith is the best way to reach a Veteran. Therefore, VA set up a resource for local clergy so they can be the one to tell the Veteran what is available to them. The current...

Duration:00:34:58

#153: Perry Firoz - Air Force Veteran, CEO Epic Music LA

7/10/2019
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Perry Firoz is smart. Not just Air Force smart, but “can I copy off your paper,” smart. Perry degrees include: He was an Analytical Scientist for the Air Force. A lot of this episode is trying to figure out what an analytical scientist does, and I think we have it figured out. His entire job was to figure out how to make the Air Force more efficient. Where another service (ahem, Marine Corps) would contract a solution, the Air Force paid Perry to figure out how to fix logjams in career...

Duration:00:49:55

#152: Denise Loring - Army Veteran, Camp Valor Outdoors, World Class Competitive Marksman

7/3/2019
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There have been many studies that show that nature can be therapeutic for many reasons: In episode 138, Sean Ricks mentioned a nonprofit called Camp Valor Outdoors. It’s a nonprofit that helps ill, injured and wounded active duty, veterans and their family members. They do this by taking them on fishing, hunting, shooting, archery, four-wheeling and camping. They believe that “healing in the great outdoors…and connecting with fellow warriors is therapeutic and essential to healing.”...

Duration:00:40:36

#151: WWII Weekend Part II - Walter Stitt and Victor Marulli

6/26/2019
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This week we’re revisiting Reading, PA’s WWII Weekend. For three days (June 7-9) the MidAtlantic Air Museum brought in WWII Veterans, reenactors and a full air show. READ AND LISTEN TO PART ONE This week we share two more WWII Veteran’s stories that the gentlemen were gracious enough to share over the weekend. Walter Stitt was a part of General Patton’s 3 Armored Division. As an M4 Sherman Tank Gun Loader, he saw time in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland Campaigns and he was one...

Duration:00:51:33

#150: Benefits Breakdown – VA Home Loan Program

6/19/2019
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On June 22, VA will celebrate the 75 anniversary of the G.I. Bill. In honor of this historic event, Army Veteran Maxine Henry and Air Force Veteran Mark Connors of the VA’s Loan Guaranty Service team sat down with Borne the Battle to discuss one of the best and most popular Veteran benefits--the VA home loan entitlement. The VA home loan guaranty has several advantages for Veteran borrowers: Additional Links:...

Duration:01:24:16