Borne The Battle 141: BourBiz – Military Veteran / Military Spouse Networking Event


WASHINGTON, DC – Bonus episode! This episode is an experiment of a sorts. I attended a Veteran/ military spouse networking event held called BourBiz. It was held Thursday by The Veteran Success Resource Group at the MGM, National Harbor, Maryland.

I was told about this event by future Borne the Battle guests, Brett D’Allesandro and Alexa Modero the founders of the non profit, Backpacks For Life. They were part of a veteran-owned-business pitch competition that was going to be held at the event. They came in second place and were awarded $15,000. 

I didn’t expect to come away with any interviews on such short notice, but I brought my gear and set up in a booth. Despite the noise of the crowd and the live auction next to me, the audio quality was good enough to bring you two interviews: The first with Rafael Ortiz of Reserve Organization of America and the second with Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn with Solider for Life.  

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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries 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.