Borne the Battle #182: Air Force Veteran and Entrepreneur Charlynda Scales


This episode of Borne the Battle features Air Force Veteran Charlynda Scales. She is a TEDx Speaker, Seasoned Brand Ambassador, and Girl Scout Gold Award Winner, and an entrepreneur. She is a Veteran who started a business with a piece of paper willed to her from her grandfather and a $25,000 initial investment.

Her grandfather, Charlie Ferrell Jr., was also an Air Force Veteran. Ferrell used to make a special sauce for friends and family. Grandpa Charlie, as he was known, was also Scales’ “silver dollar salute” shortly before he passed away.

Eight years later, Scales discovered that her grandfather willed her the recipe by way of a handwritten napkin. Starting out with no business experience, she turned grandpa’s sauce into a sustained legacy for her family. It’s called MuttSauce because her grandfather’s callsign in the Korean War was “Mutt.” Mutt Sauce has received many entrepreneurial awards and recently launched on Amazon.

This episode covers:
  • The relationship between Scales and her grandfather
  • A discussion of life, family, and legacy
  • Enterprising in today’s manufacturing world
  • The future of MuttSauce

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Hayoung Oh is a podcast intern with VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. He is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Public Health.

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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.


  1. Herbert Wamboldt    

    Unfortunately, veteran representatives only push paper or information to VBA not like a lawyer who challenge the appeal process and fight for us with same or similar cases.!’
    The unfortunate part is we have to pay 20% of what’s awarded. But, 80% of something is better than 100% of nothing. The VA system is so confusing, complicated and frustrating example: 15 years submitting claims (19) 9 have received ratings that total 210% and am rated at 90%. Recently received an additional 10% = 220% and asked what it takes to receive 100% rating, was informed “needed % to total 230%????? Has anyone heard of this and what happened to rounding up??

  2. Rendell Whitehead    

    I wish the comments, now closed, on the podcast full of lies were not true. My appeal should have never needed to happen. My disability, and payment should have been effective on the date of diagnosis. But because I didn’t file an “intent to file a claim”, they just made effective 6 months later. You would thin the Vet services guy I used to file a claim would have known this, then again why not just file the claim.
    It’s been 30 years I’ve been putting up with tinnitus, and PTSD. I never complained, until now I go days, sometimes weeks without sleep. I sometimes can’t stand to think, and get irritable. I didn’t think I got damaged in the war, so I didn’t say anything and just kept stuffing it down inside, hiding from people, and my family. Now I’m 70% disabled. And I can only make about the same as part time minimum wage. I’m a 26 year experience technology engineer. You ever try to make no money doing that, or lose benefits. But I can not live on the benefits and support my wife. At least not with any quality of life.
    I’ve been told by the VA actually that my appeal is going to a judge. It will take at least on year. I files 8 months age. There are still tens of thousands in front of me. I could use the money, before I become one of the homeless.
    I gave my life, slowly diminishing quality of life over the last 30 years. I am damaged and even broken. The people who are supposed to care do not.

    Rendell Whitehead, Sgt

  3. Don wise    

    Going on 3 years for appeal. Va relied on opinion in case from audiolgy and not from my doctors. They must be waiting on me to die and its solved


    I served with Charly in Ohio. Its awesome to see her achieve this goal and get this honor!

  5. Cycle    

    Wow, it was so amazing to see this story unfold on video. It’s so inspiring to see what veterans are doing to uplift and inspire others with the blessings they have been given!

  6. Rochella Rounds    

    From one woman Air Force vet to another: “You’ve done us Proud!” May GOD continue to Bless you with more sucess in your business!”

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