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 has been a video producer for the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since October of 2018. He is a Marine Corps Veteran, having served as a Combat Videographer. During his military career, he deployed to Iraq in 2005 as well as to Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Germany, France and Spain as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. 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.