Borne The Battle 144: Joseph Pennington – Navy Seabee Veteran, Allstate Director of Military Programs


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 episode can be found here,” embedded towards the bottom of the stories.


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 at Allstate.

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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.


  1. Carl P. Larson    

    I and the local Chapter leader of ‘Veterans in Politics’ here in NYC. There is a face book ‘Page’. I would like to be a guest on the next program. My topic is the DOJ veterans surveillance program called ‘Operation Vigilant Eagle’. It is my hypothesis that the program is a veterans Suicide trigger. Thanks

  2. robert rybak    

    Thank you for all you do for veterans.its great everyone supports veterans today. As a veteran of Vietnam war as i return the states was not supported mostly made fun of.harassed in work finally guit my job.wish today I still suffer from that.

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