I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. However you recognize the holiday, I hope you take a moment to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

In theme with Memorial Day, we’ll be looking at the Veterans Legacy Program on this week’s podcasts.

The Veterans Legacy Program is VA’s National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) educational outreach initiative. Its mission is to memorialize our nation’s Veterans through sharing their stories of service and sacrifice. They partner with universities, schools, teachers, professors, and students of all levels to research Veterans interred in VA cemeteries and how they contributed to their country as service members, and how they contributed to their community as Veterans.

First, on a Benefits Breakdown edition of the show, I bring on Bryce Carpenter, educational outreach programs manager for NCA and a proud Army veteran. Bryce will tell us about the inception of the program, the value it brings to our community, how schools are using it for education, and how it has impacted him as a Veteran.

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.

Photograph of Pfc. Benjamin B. Tollefson while deployed to Iraq in 2008Veterans Legacy Program: Pfc. Benjamin Tollefson
Kenneth Holliday - Borne the Battle#BorneTheBattle 106: Kenneth Holliday – Army Veteran, Veterans Legacy Program

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  1. Glenn L Lockwood June 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t know where you are being seen Mark Baugh, but your experience is much different than mine. I’m taken care of by the VA hospital in Syracuse NY. I know there are some VA employees that maybe should not be working, BUT the people in Syracuse are top notch, dedicated, compassionate and most of all respectful to all veterans regardless of their mental/physical condition. If you have legitimate concerns, you should take them to the veteran ombudsman at the facility you are served by. You won’t get better care by complaining here. Good luck. And remember it takes two to tango.

  2. MARK Baugh June 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Don’t really believe that the V.A is here for our best interest, the hospital personal work for a check and are very rude, your like a piece of meat.

  3. Charles May 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for the interesting and excellent Veterans Legacy Program podcast interview. I am a veteran and work for the federal Government supporting the VA with a large contract.

    A good friend of mine is buried at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. He was a prisoner of war in North Korea for 3 years.

    On another matter, for general information an interesting story ‘The Good Cemeterian’ Who Spends His Only Day Off Cleaning Vets’ Gravestones:


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