Published On: May 8th, 2019|360 words|1.4 min read|
It is finals week for many universities around the country and we will be soon losing an important cog of our team. In addition to our full-time staff, we have a prosperous intern program at VAntage Point. They write stories, create graphics and put together many of our “Veterans of the Day” that you either see on the blog or on our social media channels. Particularly for Borne the Battle, we have a small team of interns that transcribe previous episodes so those with hearing loss can still read our episodes. If you go to earlier blogs you can find “the full transcript for this episodecan be found here,” embedded towards the bottom of the stories.
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It’s a very underappreciated but necessary job if you create media here at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a “one-man band” for most of the podcast content, I honestly could not do as much without the intern team. So, before our interns left for the year, I wanted to reward them with their own episode. We had our intern, aspiring podcaster Zach Wheeler, go and get another interview.
Back in episode 130, Zach interviewed Robert Freedman, his professor from Johns Hopkins University. For his “final” we challenged him to go find an interview off his campus. From there, he took the ball, ran with it, and interviewed Joseph Pennington, a former Navy Seabee and the current Director of Military Programs for Allstate.
Joseph talks about how his grandfather, a WWII Veteran, inspired him to raise his right hand. He also talks about his transition, his experience in building military programs for various companies, and how that experience led him to his current role atAllstate.