#BorneTheBattle 103: Benefits Breakdown – Make the Connection


May is Mental Health Month and one of VA’s leading resources for mental health, Make the Connection, kicked off the month with a YouTube Live event. The event was a panel discussion about Veterans and mental health.

I was honored to host the event, and was joined by Marine Veteran Moses Maddox and Dr. Wendy Tenhula, VA’s Director of Innovation and Collaboration for the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

I decided to pull the audio from the event and include it on a Benefits Breakdown episode. Moses shares a lot about getting treatment at VA and Dr. Tenhula explains how Veterans can use services at VA for information and mental health care. As a group, we went in-depth on the importance of mental health care and how Veterans and their family members can be prepared to respond to a disconcerting situation.

The #VApodcast is now available in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify. Search “Borne the Battle” in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Sylvia Dianne Bolt    

    Sent hudbanfs final medical bills twice. I did not get authorization number. He had massive heart attacking and passed away. I was not thinking about authorization numbers. He was 200 percent disabled forte heart and Parkinson’s . He was a Vietnam veteran so there is my problem. I have been paying these bills my self. Va advise told me go to Columbus which is 200 miles away, I am 62 years old. That is long way for me. He pared away July 29 3027.

  2. steffnie c brunson    

    Can wife’s be seen at veterans hospital, and if not tell me why not

  3. Richard Edward Miller    

    Want to be more involved with the VA,

  4. stanleyshack    

    Need lawyer for a military disability. Happened in 1965. Never applied. Is it too late. Brain injury. Hit in head by a sgt. with a 16 lbs throwing discos……. USA r.a. Medical records show the symptom over the years for brain damage, .

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