This episode is a humbling one for me. Episode 134 is the last episode I will produce as the host of Borne the Battle. I launched the podcast in 2016 under the title “This Week at VA,” renamed it Borne The Battle about a year later, and have interviewed an impressive set of Veterans and their loved ones. However, while I may be moving on from the podcast, the podcast is remaining and will be hosted by a newer member of my team, Tanner Iskra.

Tanner Iskra is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an intel analyst in OIF III and later as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III as well as Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Spain as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. Joining the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in October 2018, Tanner is a video producer with the Digital Media Engagement team focusing on producing, editing and shooting content that tells the Veteran’s story.

Tanner joins the show so we may learn about his service, his creativity, and his vision for the podcast moving forward.


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  1. Robert Primeaux March 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I hold the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. My little brother was killed in a car accident on June 23, 1970 when I was on Operation Ripcord and because of the Sullivan Law I’m the only surviving son in my immediate family and I did not go back to my combat unit in Vietnam. Sgt Harold Frank who took over my squad was killed about 10 days after I left. On March 15, 1971 I was stationed at Fort Snelling, MN and I was in a car accident on this date and I was in A coma for 3 weeks, and spent my last 5 months in Army in the hospital and I was not given a disability when I was discharged on August 31, 1971. From that accident, today my disabilities are:
    1) 100%, Traumatic Brain Injury 2) 100%, PTSD 3) 60%, Reflux disease with esophagitis
    4) Post Traumatic headaches due to Traumatic Brain Injury 5) 30%, Residuals of right collapsed lung and COPD 6) Tracheostomy scar 7) Tinnitus. Thank you

    • Tanner Iskra March 25, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Thank you for reaching out Robert. What is the best way to reach you?

  2. Robert Primeaux March 23, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Please I think you need to contact me and do a segment about me. I have been in 16 movies, and my biggest role was that of “Indian Bob” in the TNT mini-series “Rough Riders” the 4 hour movie starred Tom Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt, Sam Elliott, George Hamilton, R. Lee Ermey, Chris Noth, Gary Busey, Brian Keith and a host of other stars. I’m a US Army Veteran having served with Delta Troop, 2nd/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division. I was in the following Combat Operations: Dewey Canyon, Dewey Canyon II, Ripcord and a few other operations. I’m also a former College Basketball Coach at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN. I have taught grade school, middle school, high school ad college. I was raised on my Grandmother’s ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation and I trained horses all through high school, and I come from a rodeo family. In October of 1977 I took 3rd in the Steer Wrestling at the North American Indian Rodeo Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I did all of the above as a 100% Service-Connected Permanent and Total Disabled Vietnam Veteran. Mike Fitzmaurice, Medal of Honor Recipient also served in Delta Troop. Thank you and I hope you contact me. Today, I’m wheelchair and housebound.

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