VA Podcasts for April: Alternative Therapies for PTSD, Free Mental Health and more

VA Podcast Network's April Releases

Below are the podcast episodes released by the VA Podcast Network in April 2021. You can find any of these podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRADIO, or any other podcast app.

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Borne the Battle

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"Borne The Battle" is a weekly, interview-based podcast that recognizes each battle, challenge, and sacrifice our Veterans endure during and after their service, as well as, spotlighting important resources, offices, and benefits VA offers our Veterans.


Borne The Battle is also on YouTube!



Episode #236: Navy SEAL Veteran Mikal Vega is an accomplished actor, Kundalini Yoga teacher and founder of the nonprofit, Vital Warrior. In this episode, Vega discusses his struggle with military transition, finding treatment for his PTSD, discovering alternative therapies, and founding this nonprofit with the goal of sharing what he has learned.

Episode #237: Navy Veteran Dan Kloeppel is the founder and CEO of "Corporate America Supports You." Since 2010, these nonprofit networks have helped over 120,000 Veterans and military spouses secure careers with an average salary of $70,000.

Episode #238: Army Veteran Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek, Director of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, discusses changes in treating Veterans in times of COVID, cognitive behavioral therapy, the importance of mental healthcare and how any Veteran can receive cost-free mental health care at any Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic within the country.

Episode #239: Marine Corps Veteran Jake Wood is a former D-1 offensive tackle a former Marine Sniper with a tour to Afghanistan and Iraq. He is an Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Team Rubicon. Wood’s post-military story began on January 12, 2010, when a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands and displacing over a million people. 


Fresh Focus

"Fresh Focus" is a podcast delivering bites of nutrition information to Veterans and their families.


Episode #24: MOVE! and SMART - Follow along with Beth Blair, RDN, to see how you can set yourself up for success by being SMART with the MOVE! weight management program.


Live Whole Health

With the unforeseen challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, how we deal with and adapt to change will determine our ability to weather the pandemic. Taking care of your physical health is important, but so is taking care of your Whole Health—adding emotional, mental and spiritual to the physical. Sessions pull from a variety of existing VA resources, and include breathing exercises, stretching, meditation, fitness, yoga, tai chi, and more. We will also highlight various VA informational resources to support you and your families.

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  • Episode #66: Lower Body Chair Yoga Practice: Join Whole Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Katherine Hillgren from the St. Louis VA Medical Center in this 23-minute gentle lower-body chair yoga class.
  • Episode #67: Body Scan: When we really pay attention to what our body is experiencing in the moment, we can be more present, and can notice how our physical experience is often connected to our emotional experience. This is called body scan.
  • Episode #68: Taking Time to Pause: Spring is a great time to bring to life our vision and to set goals for our health and well-being. Taking time to pause allows us to consider the ways.
  • Episode #69: Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a simple technique that can help relieve and release some of that tension; Doing this practice helps you learn where you carry tension in your body and how to release it

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