If you know of Black Rifle Coffee Company or watch Mayans MC on FX, you may already know this week’s Borne the Battle guest – Army Veteran, entrepreneur, actor and overall entertainer Vincent Vargas.

It was a windy road that led him to this point in his life. Too many wild parties got him kicked out of college and ended his childhood dream of playing professional baseball. At 20, as a young father who was no longer playing ball or attending school, Vargas felt like a disappointment to his family.

In 2003, during the invasion of Baghdad at the outbreak of the Iraq War, Vargas watched a televised newscast in which a Marine helped to topple a statue of dictator Saddam Hussein. News reporters interviewed the Marine’s family, who emotionally expressed their pride in his service.

The next day, Vargas went to a military recruiting office to enlist. He later served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, became a drill sergeant, and after serving, even joined the U.S. Border Patrol.

In this week’s episode of Borne the Battle, Vincent Vargas discusses his many transitions between sports, military and civilian lives, getting into acting, his time on the Drinkin’ Bros podcast, and the founding of Beteran, his Veteran-focused clothing line that emphasizes empowerment and positivity rather than the prevailing Veteran narratives of depression, alcoholism, and suicide.


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By Stephen Hill is a writing intern for VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying Professional Writing and Editing.

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Published on Sep. 27, 2021

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  1. Mark Helgerson September 29, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Enjoyed I will check out information on VA dental care. Would be nice

  2. Samuel Andrews September 29, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I’m a disabled veteran trying to gain information to learn how to make my own podcast. I dont know what tools I’ll need or which tools would be best since my income is limited. I think it would be a blessing to others if I could send voice messages to fellow veterans, friends and family about the word of GOD. It would also help me better manage my PTSD since this pandemic has made it more difficult for people to visit each other. I hope so one help me or put me in contact with someone who can or to find out if there’s a program that can help me get the training I would need. May GOD bless everyone who comes in contact with this message, with a special blessing attached for their families.

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