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Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth

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The award-winning show, Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth, returns for Season 6 to answer the biggest question for career military families, “So… when are we gonna get out?” and everything involved with answering this question. Co-hosts Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup continue to converse with s… read more

159 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

150: "I have a deeper understanding of community now, and I really hope that it'll show in our next season." Season 6 Finale with Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup

September 13th, 2022

27:59

150: "I have a deeper understanding of community now, and I really hope that it'll show in our next season." Season 6 Finale with Jen Amos and Jenny …

149: "Telling your story, getting it down on paper, getting it out through art, and getting it out in the world, in some way, is mystically healing." Heart to Script with Amy Uptgraft and Lea Johnson

September 6th, 2022

1:10:27

149: "Telling your story, getting it down on paper, getting it out through art, and getting it out in the world, in some way, is mystically healing." Heart to Script with Amy Uptgraft and Lea Johnson

At the Veteran's …

148: "Thank you for being a part of our journey and seeing value in our candidness. It's an honor." Checking in with Jen and Jenny Lynne

August 30th, 2022

22:33

148: "Thank you for being a part of our journey and seeing value in our candidness. It's an honor." Checking in with Jen and Jenny Lynne

Jen and Jenny Lynne take a break from interviewing to reconnect! They reflect on …

147: "We build trust when we can put a face and a story to an offering." San Diego Military Family Collaborative featuring Jen and Jenny Lynne

August 23rd, 2022

22:39

147: "We build trust when we can put a face and a story to an offering." San Diego Military Family Collaborative featuring Jen and Jenny Lynne

In late …

146: "Risking is always better than regretting." 30 years of service and paying tribute to Camp Pendleton Marines since 9/11 with Amy Forsythe

August 16th, 2022

1:07:22

146: "Risking is always better than regretting." 30 years of service and paying tribute to Camp Pendleton Marines since 9/11 with Amy Forsythe

Amy …

145: "I don’t know who she is. But she’s a military spouse. I have a sister here, and so I’m going to stand next to her." Women Who Do Wonders with Pamela Bolado

August 9th, 2022

1:10:41

145: "I don’t know who she is. But she’s a military spouse. I have a sister here, and so I’m going to stand next to her." Women Who Do Wonders with …

144: "With the amount of crap we endure, there's no reason why military marriages should not have the strongest, most sustainable relationships." Military Marriage Day with Bree Carroll

August 2nd, 2022

1:19:00

144: "With the amount of crap we endure, there's no reason why military marriages should not have the strongest, most sustainable relationships." …

143: "Changing the language from 'dependent' to 'family member' is one easy way to make people feel like they belong." Connection & military spouse advocacy with Jennifer Barnhill

July 26th, 2022

1:00:41

143: "Changing the language from 'dependent' to 'family member' is one easy way to make people feel like they belong." Connection & military spouse advocacy with Jennifer Barnhill

In Jennifer Barnill's research of …

142: "You don’t really see the mental health issues our servicemembers are facing until it hits close to home." Mental health advocacy with Grant Khanbalinov

July 19th, 2022

49:36

142: "You don’t really see the mental health issues our servicemembers are facing until it hits close to home." Mental health advocacy with Grant Khanbalinov

The loss of two close friends was the catalyst to Grant …

141: "Look for community and resources. The worst thing that you can do is isolate yourself when there's something you're struggling with." Food insecurity advocacy with Heather Campbell

July 12th, 2022

43:52

141: "Look for community and resources. The worst thing that you can do is isolate yourself when there's something you're struggling with." Food …

140: "When military spouses come together as a group, they become powerful." The League of Wives with Heath Lee

July 5th, 2022

1:27:46

140: "When military spouses come together as a group, they become powerful." The League of Wives with Heath Lee

When was the last time you saw a …

139: "Your resume isn't focused on where you've been. It's focused on where you're going." Reinventing yourself for post-military life with Lori Norris

June 28th, 2022

47:07

139: "Your resume isn't focused on where you've been. It's focused on where you're going." Reinventing yourself for post-military life with Lori Norris

Did you know that the military experience has many transferable …

138: "With intentionality, it's possible to find joy in the present and to pursue purpose, regardless of what season of life that you're in." Crafting your life with Christine Hinrichs

June 21st, 2022

46:00

138: "With intentionality, it's possible to find joy in the present and to pursue purpose, regardless of what season of life that you're in." Crafting your life with Christine Hinrichs

Is it possible for spouses to …

137: "You are not alone if you have a child that requires a lot of medical or educational care. We got your back." Children with special needs with Michelle Norman

June 14th, 2022

53:27

137: "You are not alone if you have a child that requires a lot of medical or educational care. We got your back." Children with special needs with Michelle Norman

As the Founder & Executive Director of Partners in …

136: "Our definition of success is redefined by our family, not by what is expected of the norm." Transitioning to do something that matters with Genevieve and Chris Kruger

June 7th, 2022

54:51

136: "Our definition of success is redefined by our family, not by what is expected of the norm." Transitioning to do something that matters with Genevieve and Chris Kruger

It's an overwhelming and exciting time for …

135: "When you hurt so bad, you think that people don't love you. But the truth is... they do." Healing and advocacy through storytelling with Olivia Nunn

May 31st, 2022

1:11:39

135: "When you hurt so bad, you think that people don't love you. But the truth is... they do." Healing and advocacy through storytelling with Olivia …

134: "Giving social support has helped increase my mental health and has led to all the success in my life." Healing Thru Service with Sgt Q

May 24th, 2022

1:06:58

134: "Giving social support has helped increase my mental health and has led to all the success in my life." Healing Thru Service with Sgt Q

Aaron Quinonez, aka Sgt Q, thought that the anxiety, hyper vigilance, and …

133: "Veterans, especially women, want to continue serving outside of the military. It's just finding that thing that ignites you." Today's female veteran with Cat Corchado

May 17th, 2022

44:29

133: "Veterans, especially women, want to continue serving outside of the military. It's just finding that thing that ignites you." Today's female veteran with Cat Corchado

It's been 22 years since Cat Corchado …

132: "Sometimes securing that next income source isn't the most important thing in post-military life." Becoming an entrepreneur with Jason Madden

May 10th, 2022

41:05

132: "Sometimes securing that next income source isn't the most important thing in post-military life." Becoming an entrepreneur with Jason Madden

Jason Madden went from serving for 15 years to transitioning to a …

131: "Feeding you all with our stories, in turn, feeds us as well." Season 6 Introduction with Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup

May 3rd, 2022

23:14

131: "Feeding you all with our stories, in turn, feeds us as well." Season 6 Introduction with Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup

Jen and Jenny Lynne are …

BONUS: "Every military spouse deserves an award." Vote Jenny Lynne Stroup for the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year!

February 7th, 2022

21:34

This bonus episode is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9rPqEELTuII

BONUS: "Every military spouse deserves an award." Vote Jenny Lynne Stroup for the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year!

130: "Holding Down the Fort has been a really great opportunity and invitation to show up for each other." Season 5 Finale with Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup

December 13th, 2021

33:21

130: "Holding Down the Fort has been a really great opportunity and invitation to show up for each other." Season 5 Finale with Jen Amos and Jenny …

129: "At the time, I didn't think I could love anyone enough to self sacrifice." Studying the career-oriented military spouse pursuing education for career advancement with Melody Agbisit

December 8th, 2021

44:11

129: "At the time, I didn't think I could love anyone enough to self sacrifice." Studying the career-oriented military spouse pursuing education for …

128: "I move a lot and that's okay." Being a third culture kid and creating stories for military-connected families with Shermaine Perry-Knights

December 6th, 2021

55:18

128: "I move a lot and that's okay." Being a third culture kid and creating stories for military-connected families with Shermaine Perry-Knights

127: "You are perfect even while in progress." Self care and life lessons of a military spouse with Mariavictoria Caldona Bennett

December 1st, 2021

40:01

127: "You are perfect even while in progress." Self care and life lessons of a military spouse with Mariavictoria Caldona Bennett

Mariavictoria Caldona Bennett reflects on her journey as a military spouse as her husband …

126: "Asking for support does not mean that you are failing to support your own community." The deployment journey and being a late career spouse with Jayla Rae Ardelean

November 29th, 2021

38:08

126: "Asking for support does not mean that you are failing to support your own community." The deployment journey and being a late career spouse with Jayla Rae Ardelean

MilSpouse Mentor, Speaker and writer Jayla Rae …

125: "Deployment sucks. But where can I find beauty and opportunity in the midst of it?" Deployment countdown boxes with Becky Hoy

November 24th, 2021

43:27

125: "Deployment sucks. But where can I find beauty and opportunity in the midst of it?" Deployment countdown boxes with Becky Hoy

Lately, Becky Hoy has been making space to adjust to the unexpectedness of deployments …

124: "Life is not happening to me. I am actively choosing to be present and a participant in this life." Recovering Type A personality and bullying amongst military spouses with Emily Millman

November 22nd, 2021

1:06:46

124: "Life is not happening to me. I am actively choosing to be present and a participant in this life." Recovering Type A personality and bullying …

BONUS: "We need our stories to make the data come alive. We also need the data to affirm our stories." Blue Star Families' FlyerTalk Friday hosted by Dr. Geri Lynn Maples

November 19th, 2021

37:20

BONUS: "We need our stories to make the data come alive. We also need the data to affirm our stories." Blue Star Families' FlyerTalk Friday hosted by Dr. Geri Lynn Maples

Past guest Dr. Geri Lynn Maples invites Jen and …

123: "Nobody's broken. We all have imperfections, and that's okay." Personalized meal recommendations and resilience techniques with Manda Lynn McVey

November 17th, 2021

48:54

123: "Nobody's broken. We all have imperfections, and that's okay." Personalized meal recommendations and resilience techniques with Manda Lynn McVey

Manda Lynn McVey returns from episode 69 to update us on her life as …

122: “If the family can't be physically together during the holidays, how do we still get that connection?” Managing holiday expectations with Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW

November 15th, 2021

52:18

122: “If the family can't be physically together during the holidays, how do we still get that connection?” Managing holiday expectations with Dr. …

BONUS: "My father’s absence reflects the incredible impact he made while he was alive." A Military Father's Legacy of Love & Community with Jen Amos

November 11th, 2021

12:08

BONUS: "My father’s absence reflects the incredible impact he made while he was alive." A Military Father's Legacy of Love & Community with Jen Amos

"According to those who knew my father, Alfonso Apdal Amos was a …

121: "It's important to have interests outside of the military because the military does not last forever." Using writing as an outlet and post-military life with Jessica Silva

November 10th, 2021

53:07

121: "It's important to have interests outside of the military because the military does not last forever." Using writing as an outlet and post-military life with Jessica Silva

Jessica Silva returns to the show to update …

120: "Within the military dad story, there's trauma, sadness and ugliness. There's also richness within that story." Bringing every dad home with Ben Killoy

November 8th, 2021

56:09

120: "Within the military dad story, there's trauma, sadness and ugliness. There's also richness within that story." Bringing every dad home with Ben Killoy

Ben Killoy is a Marine Veteran, speaker, and a coach with a …

119: "I have a Distillery, you have a Harrier…do you want to fly some bourbon on it?" Collaborating with fellow veteran businesses with Scott Sanders

November 3rd, 2021

45:38

119: "I have a Distillery, you have a Harrier…do you want to fly some bourbon on it?" Collaborating with fellow veteran businesses with Scott Sanders

118: "I have my own identity. I'm also a military spouse. That's part of me, too." Embracing and serving the military spouse community with Britt Lanza

November 1st, 2021

1:02:55

118: "I have my own identity. I'm also a military spouse. That's part of me, too." Embracing and serving the military spouse community with Britt Lanza

Entrepreneur, podcaster and community leader Britt Lanza never …

117: "It's not okay to feel burned out." Maximizing your high-performance potential with an efficient, sustainable and scientifically sound approach with Louise Valentine

October 27th, 2021

38:55

117: "It's not okay to feel burned out." Maximizing your high-performance potential with an efficient, sustainable and scientifically sound approach with Louise Valentine

Louise Valentine from episode 88 returns to …

116: "It's hard to feel like you're taking care of the family when you are not the breadwinner." Exploring post-military life as a male military spouse with Keith Hayden

October 25th, 2021

48:18

116: "It's hard to feel like you're taking care of the family when you are not the breadwinner." Exploring post-military life as a male military …

115: "Transition is a mindset." Providing free comprehensive educational resources and opportunities with Jai Salters

October 20th, 2021

34:56

115: "Transition is a mindset." Providing free comprehensive educational resources and opportunities with Jai Salters

Naval Officer, Founder of ACT NOW Education and Spirit of Bob Hope recipient Jai Salters has been …

114: "Answering the question, 'What is my purpose?' is key to agile employment." Military Spouse's ToolKit for Agile and Purposeful Employment with Jen Amos and Scott R. Tucker

October 18th, 2021

1:04:53

114: "Answering the question, 'What is my purpose?' is key to agile employment." Military Spouse's ToolKit for Agile and Purposeful Employment with …

113: “Seeking out help brought a lot of change, not only in my professional life, but in my emotional well-being.” Local networking and professional volunteerism with Kyra Seeley

October 13th, 2021

20:02

113: “Seeking out help brought a lot of change, not only in my professional life, but in my emotional well-being.” Local networking and professional …

112: "Spouses transitioning needs to be a conversation. Military transition is a two-person event." A space to discuss the cumulative effect of military life with Jen Pasquale

October 11th, 2021

50:58

112: "Spouses transitioning needs to be a conversation. Military transition is a two-person event." A space to discuss the cumulative effect of …

111: "Healing comes from finding meaning and purpose in the loss." Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month with Dr. Nikki Watkins and Heather Wilson

October 6th, 2021

38:02

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Dr. Nikki Watkins and Heather Wilson vulnerably share their personal experiences, their …

110: "Conflict is the way to peace." Emotional elasticity, inner work, and the enneagram with Jenn Whitmer

October 4th, 2021

52:41

Jenn Whitmer is a former military child, top keynote speaker and professional development consultant, writer, and enneagram coach. Jenn shares her …

109: "You can support someone, but ultimately, they have to want to get that help themselves." Gold Star Families and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with Leslie McCaddon

September 26th, 2021

41:46

Note: If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or are concerned for someone who may be in crisis, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 at the prompt.

September is Suicide Prevention …

BONUS: "The families of our fallen deserve to have their loved one's story told and preserved for future generations." Gold Star Family's Day with Dennis Schroader

September 24th, 2021

40:17

The last Sunday of September is recognized as Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. Jen invites Founder of the Price of Freedom Foundation Dennis …

108: “When you're really grateful for the blessings in your life, you give.” Talking in stories and combat heroes books with Jerry Barnes

September 20th, 2021

27:14

Veteran, long-time Virginian resident, and author Jerry Barnes returns to update us on his latest manuscript, share a snapshot of his satisfying life, and a teaser on some upcoming stories.

Listen to our last …

107: “With no understanding of what being a military spouse was going to be like, I had to learn to reach out, network and be self sufficient.” MilSpouseFest with Julie P. Shepard

September 13th, 2021

34:44

Navy spouse of 25 years, mom of two, and the new director of MilSpouseFest Julie P. Shepard is all about building community for our military …

BONUS: "There are memories that you can't get from anywhere else. So it's understandable when veterans feel very lost." Remembering 9/11 with Jen, Jenny Lynne and Scott

September 11th, 2021

35:34

Today, we honor these last 20 years and all of the sacrifices that have been made. Jen Amos, Jenny Lynne Stroup, and Scott R. Tucker have a candid conversation to observe and remember 9/11. They recall what they were …

106: "Financial planning needs to be a conversation, not death by PowerPoint or information by firehose." A candid discussion on long-term financial planning with Jenny Lynne Stroup and Scott R. Tucker

September 6th, 2021

47:14

106: "Financial planning needs to be a conversation, not death by PowerPoint or information by firehose." A candid discussion on long-term financial planning with Jenny Lynne Stroup and Scott R. Tucker

Jenny Lynne Stroup …

105: "I live and breath by my calendar. Doing this is my self care." Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio and caregiving in military families with Dr. Geri Lynn Maples

August 30th, 2021

40:09

105: "I live and breath by my calendar. Doing this is my self care." Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio and caregiving in military families with Dr. Geri Lynn Maples

Dr. Geri Lynn Maples from Ep. 56, …

BONUS: "Seeing Afghanistan in the condition that it's in now just brings up more questions than answers and a lot of feelings." Thoughts on current events with Jenny Lynne Stroup and Jenn Whitmer

August 27th, 2021

19:57

Jen Amos, Jenny Lynne Stroup and upcoming guest Jenn Whitmer share their thoughts, raw reactions, and action steps on the current situation in …

104: "Acknowledge the loss that may have propelled you to seek out something new to begin with." Vets2Industry MilSpouse Mixer Keynote Speech by Jen Amos

August 23rd, 2021

47:09

Listen to the replay of Jen's Keynote Speech, "A New Normal. A New You," from the Vets2Industry's Military Spouse Mixer on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT). Jen gives a snapshot of her personal and …

103: "We all are seasoned in various ways. Every spouse has something important and valuable to share." Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses with Lizann Lightfoot

August 16th, 2021

48:15

She's known as “The Seasoned Spouse," a professional writer, mother of five, and she's a returning guest: Lizann Lightfoot! We catch up with Lizann and her incredible journey in writing her book, Open When: Letters of …

102: "Strength is the common thread that we develop in this military life over and over again." Education, resources and community with Wendi Iacobello

August 9th, 2021

46:02

Wendi Iacobello is a military spouse, mom to a toddler boy, blogger, freelance writer, published author, and curriculum consultant. She spent almost …

101: "My first piece of advice is to not rely on social media to be your main form of news consumption." Media literacy with Kara Handley

August 2nd, 2021

41:15

AD Navy Public Affairs Officer, Navy Spouse, and San Diego State University Graduate Student Kara Handley shares her knowledge and experiences with media literacy, and why education in this space is so important for …

100: Season 5 Trailer + Celebrating 100 Episodes (in-person) with co-hosts Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup

July 22nd, 2021

37:58

This episode is also available to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/g0e-uwtR8Kw

We made it to episode 100!! A big shout out to our listeners and supporters for helping us reach this exciting milestone. To celebrate, …

BONUS: Help Nominate Our Show for The 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards

July 7th, 2021

4:17

It's Here!! The 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards!

How would you like to participate in possibly becoming a 2x Award-Winning Podcast Show???

BONUS: "It's another human being on the other side of this." Same team and mutual risk with Ahmad Shah Sa’ed and Matthew Stroup

May 29th, 2021

55:37

Happy Military Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we're releasing our second BONUS episode featuring Ahmad Shah Sa’ed and (Jenny Lynne's husband) Matthew Stroup!

Ahmad Shah and Matthew share the early stages of their …

BONUS: Military Appreciation Month + Jen Amos Keynote Speech for the Blue Star Families of Dayton's Empowering Milkids Resources Fair

May 27th, 2021

20:29

Happy Military Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we're releasing two BONUS episodes during our off season!

In this episode, Jen shares the latest updates with our show sponsor US VetWealth, when to expect season 5 to …

099: Life-giving conversations that foster community in a seemingly divided world and season 4 finale with Jen Amos & Jenny Lynne Stroup

April 7th, 2021

50:40

As co-hosts Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup wrap up season 4 of Holding Down the Fort, they reflect on the interviews they've conducted, the benefits …

098: Healing the invisible wounds for your trauma with Dr. David Tharp

April 5th, 2021

39:58

A clinical psychologist who is both a combat veteran and a former first responder himself, Dr. David Tharp founded Project Healing Heroes in 2016 to …

097: How military spouses can be resilient and not resentful with Michaela Rosales

April 2nd, 2021

46:59

Military spouse (going on 20 years this year), life coach, homeschooling mom of three, and Founder of Honest Talk International Michaela Rosales …

096: Getting back to deeper connections by knowing when it’s a good time to call loved ones with Matthew Shanks

March 31st, 2021

42:37

This episode is also available on Youtube: https://youtu.be/vVFF_rbIBeA

Military spouse, former pro triathlete and coach, and Founder of Kovii Matthew …

095: Effective communication tips for military couples and solo-parenting for more than a year with Jessica Lynn

March 29th, 2021

35:36

Air Force wife and mom of three young kids Jessica Lynn is currently stationed in Germany, has recently endured solo-parenting for more than a year, …

094: Sisterhood, mental health and thriving in chaos with Elaine Brewer, Teresa Shick & Jessica Silva

March 26th, 2021

58:12

Seasoned spouses Elaine Brewer, Teresa Shick and Jessica Silva became friends when their husbands were formerly at the same command. Now having all transitioned into post-military life, they reflect on the importance of …

093: The importance of community and representation of military stories on screen with James LaPorta

March 24th, 2021

45:23

James LaPorta thought he was already doing what he wanted to do in life, until his time as a Marine infantryman ended a lot earlier than he had expected. Soon after, he turned his hobby of writing into a professional …

092: Building Connection and Community Through Content Presented by Jen Amos at Military Creator Con

March 19th, 2021

30:46

This presentation is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ghALUZfD64I

For a copy of the slides: https://bit.ly/JA-CCC-PodFest2021

Here is a replay of Jen's presentation at Military Creator Con (A Presentation of …

091: Creating strong relationships and community with vulnerability and humility with Michelle Bowler

March 17th, 2021

46:00

Military spouse, entrepreneur, mom of 4 littles, and Host of The Waiting Warriors Podcast Michelle Bowler is actively building community and sharing resources for Military and First Responder loved ones. She shares how …

090: Empowering Veterans and their families with computers, skills, IT work force training, and strategies to transition from military to civilian life with Mark Casper & Lisa Houston

March 15th, 2021

44:24

Husband, Father, Grandpa, Veteran & Executive Director of Tech For Troops Mark Casper joins his good friend Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zencouragement Coaching LLC and Transformational Life Coach Lisa …

089: Maximizing your military pension with Jen Amos

March 12th, 2021

14:32

How well do you understand the Survivor Benefit Plan and Veterans Group Life Insurance? Community Relations Director at US VetWealth Jen Amos shares a snippet of her company's latest published book, The Modern Guide to …

088: Simple steps to take on any challenge and tackle self-doubt with Louise Valentine

March 10th, 2021

42:26

Wellness expert, competitive athlete, and fierce military spouse Louise Valentine shares some simple steps to take on any challenge and tackle self-doubt from her best-selling book, The Art of Breaking Through. …

087: There is more than one way to be a good parent with Joanne Holbrook

March 8th, 2021

38:35

Military spouse and author Joanne Holbrook shares the many benefits of moving every 22 months in her book Your Passport To Parenting: Wisdom from …

086: I’ll Talk If You’ll Listen Podcast featuring Jen Amos

March 5th, 2021

39:10

Special thanks to Tim Brooks with "The I’ll Talk If You’ll Listen" podcast for the kind feature!

Description: This episode we welcome the award-winning podcaster Jen Amos! We discuss military life and some of the …

085: What military wives should know in the event that they've had a breakdown in their relationship and military family law with Lorna Rhoades & Katie Carter

March 3rd, 2021

39:27

Lorna Rhoades (Attorney at Law and Navy Wife) and Katie Carter (Attorney at Law) from the Hofheimer Family Law Firm exclusively work with women in divorce, custody, and support cases in Virginia. Due to their location, …

084: Monthly deployment countdown boxes for military kids with a deployed parent with Ashley Weinert

March 1st, 2021

42:57

Military Spouse & Creator of Counting Our Heroes Home Ashley Weinert started her business during her husband's 13-month deployment while solo …

083: #ValentinesDayChallenge2021 Special with co-hosts Jen Amos & Jenny Lynne Stroup

February 26th, 2021

42:14

In continuation of celebrating Valentine's Day and the month of love, co-hosts Jen Amos & Jenny Lynne Stroup participate in the #ValentinesDayChallenge2021! They share how they met, which one of them is more …

082: Technology careers and the flexibility to work remotely with Tatiana Cooke

February 24th, 2021

31:00

4.2 Million Salesforce jobs are predicted to be available by 2024. Military spouse and Salesforce CRM Consultant & Mentor Tatiana Cooke shares …

081: "We all want to make America better. We just have differences of opinion on how we do it." News for the junior level of the military with Paul Szoldra

February 22nd, 2021

30:27

Dad, husband, dog lover, journalist, entrepreneur, veteran, and longtime fan of pizza Paul Szoldra shares how Task and Purpose informs, engages, …

080: Lessons in Love for military couples with Heather Wilson and Jenny Lynne Stroup

February 19th, 2021

30:55

This interview is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UPYHOyKub9Q

To celebrate the month of love, we bring you a special episode with two staff members from the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics in San …

079: “The stability of a military spouse’s mental health is the cornerstone of the military family.” Theatre and expressive arts with Amy Uptgraft

February 17th, 2021

38:14

Amy Uptgraft is a veteran spouse, playwright, actor, and founder of The Veteran's Spouse Project, a non-profit which couples a touring theatrical production with an expressive arts workshop to hear and share veterans' …

078: Encouraging female service members and military spouses to connect on shared challenges with Misty Flynn

February 15th, 2021

35:33

Mom, Master Chief Petty Officer, Sailor, and lover of the seas Misty Flynn joins us for a very important discussion regarding the relationships between female service members and military spouses. Misty gives us a …

077: "It's around the moment you're leaving the military where the opportunity truly is." Catching up with husband and wife team Scott R. Tucker & Jen Amos

February 12th, 2021

34:21

Jen Amos brings on her husband and business partner, Scott R. Tucker, to talk about the history of Holding Down the Fort and how it was inspired by …

076: "Mindset is key, and then your body follows." The Plan Learn Thrive Strategy featuring Christine LaVopa

February 10th, 2021

38:50

Military Spouse, Entrepreneur, Fitness Trainer and Wellness Coach Christine LaVopa teaches busy women how to find the time to achieve their ideal body and mind without a gym. She also helps families achieve their …

075: Helping military families stay connected, no matter the distance, with virtual story time featuring Sally Ann Zoll

February 8th, 2021

31:28

Proud Army spouse of over 30 years and Army mom Sally Ann Zoll serves as the CEO of United Through Reading, helping military families stay connected …

074: Season 4 Trailer with Co-Hosts Jen Amos & Jenny Lynne Stroup

February 3rd, 2021

16:05

This episode is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/V7niqV-LPso

Co-hosts Jen Amos and Jenny Lynne Stroup return for Season 4 of Holding Down …

073: Expressing gratitude and season three finale with Jen Amos

December 21st, 2020

14:04

Also available to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/TdD39WJpoKk

Jen Amos wraps up season three of Holding Down the Fort podcast by expressing …

072: Telling the stories in between the dramatization and romanization of military life with Abi Ray

December 18th, 2020

40:25

As a licensed counselor with eleven years within the service community, Abi Ray, LMFTA seeks to encourage and equip individuals in their personal, professional, and relational lives. In 2017, she launched Legacy …

071: Community and fun events to support military families during times of deployment with Sabrina Johannes & Kim Clagg

December 16th, 2020

20:28

Deployed Love provides community as well as fun events to support military families during times of deployment. Executive Director, Fort Bragg Local Coordinator, and Veteran Spouse Sabrina Johannes joins us again for a …

070: Combat Survivor Stories with Jerry Barnes

December 14th, 2020

43:07

Jerry Barnes has served his country for a total of 43 years — three years active duty as an Army Combat Engineer. Two additional years in the Army Reserve, and thirty-eight years as a civilian with the Army Corps of …

069: Coaching military spouses and significant others on building resiliency and wellness with a focus on mindfulness, nutrition, and volunteerism with Manda Lynn McVey

December 11th, 2020

41:31

Wellness & Resilience trainer, community builder, and Military Spouse Entrepreneur Manda Lynn McVey coaches military spouses and significant …

068: Holding a sacred space for military wives to restore, rebalance, and reconnect with Jacqueline Shorrock

December 9th, 2020

37:39

Jacqueline Shorrock is the Founder of Solidarity of Sisters and the Director of Women's Programs at Veteran's PATH. Prior to her work today, she …

067: A lifestyle blog for military spouses, significant others, and their families with Christina Etchberger

December 7th, 2020

28:28

While her husband is deployed and she's home with the kids in the midst of a pandemic, Christina decided in summer 2020 to to immerse herself into community by creating her lifestyle blog It’s A Military Life. She …

066: Helping veterans attract and stand out as service-based entrepreneurs with Darlene Hawley

December 4th, 2020

37:37

Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/anKVYaXynYE

Darlene Hawley is a mother of four, wife, online business coach, dream builder and connector. She is the Founder of darlenehawley.com and is the host of the Attract …

065: How relationships are responsible for all of the success we have in our lives with Chandler Lonergan and Jason Matthews

December 2nd, 2020

50:08

Military Veteran of the Gulf War Chandler Lonergan founded Charlie Mike Life to bring free Life Coaching and Career Guidance to America's Veterans …

064: Creating connection and conversation amongst seasoned military spouses with Jennifer Pasquale

November 30th, 2020

34:30

Jennifer “Jen” Pasquale is a former corporate trainer and business consultant turned busy-at-home mom to her two kiddos, and a first-time dog …

063: Thanksgiving Special & Jen Amos' Interview with Christina Etchberger on It's A Military Life

November 25th, 2020

26:27

In this bonus episode, Jen Amos gives thanks for the Holding Down the Fort community, winning "Media Professional of the Year Award" presented by The …

062: Taking care of the people who are next to you, so that they can take care of you with Jerome Amos Jr.

November 23rd, 2020

41:32

Interview also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_y93njuHPmo

Founder of Brothers From Another Mother (BFAM) Cooking, US Air Force Veteran, and Lead for the Comcast NBCUniversal Veteran’s Network NYC Hub Jerome Amos …

061: Helping women Veterans and military spouses navigate life transitions while living a whole and joyful life with Jennifer Ballou

November 20th, 2020

27:53

Army Veteran, Gold Star Spouse and Army Spouse Jennifer Ballou shares how she's worked through the "tough emotions" in the last decade to be the Life …

060: Helping military couples strengthen their closest relationships with Doc Springer

November 18th, 2020

46:31

Dr. Shauna Springer, commonly known as "Doc Springer," is a Relationship Expert, Trauma Expert, and overall, Trusted Doc. She is known for …

059: Uniting communities to end domestic sex trafficking with Brittany Dunn

November 16th, 2020

24:09

Brittany Dunn has the honor of helping leading Safe House Project as the Chief Operations Officer. Prior to Safe House Project, Brittany Dunn spent 10 years in International Business Development at CareerBuilder.com …

058: Making your skills transferrable to future career opportunities with Candina "Dina" Janicki

November 13th, 2020

44:32

Candina "Dina" Janicki is a Career Services Provider & Facilitator with a speciality in the Military Community, aiding Transitioning Service …

056: Military Caregivers and Blue Star Families with Dr. Geri Lynn Maples

November 9th, 2020

38:29

As the wife of a veteran injured in service to our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Geri Lynn Maples advocates, educates, and dedicates her life to serving our veterans and their families. Her Doctoral …

055: The practice of self care and healthy lifestyle behaviors with Elaine Dusetzina

November 4th, 2020

37:00

Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Navy Veteran and retired Military Spouse Elaine Dusetzina discusses what it means to practice self care and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Since COVID, she feels that it’s more …

054: Combining forces with great charities for veterans and military families with Michael W. Blankers and Chad Lennon

November 2nd, 2020

35:15

Retired Navy Veteran Michael W. Blankers and Major in Marine Corps Chad Lennon are part of the Board of Directors for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation. They talk about their new education tuition assistance …

053: “It's better to deal with this now than later.” Reviewing the Survivor Benefit Plan with Scott & Jen

October 30th, 2020

46:16

Husband and wife team Scott R. Tucker & Jen Amos have another Friday bonus episode to talk about in-person voting, creating personal autonomy for post-military life, and most of all, educational resources for …

052: Educating, empowering and positively contributing to the health and well-being of military families with C.C. Gallagher

October 28th, 2020

36:47

Christine Carol Gallagher (commonly known as "C.C.") is an Army Spouse, Community Advocate, Entrepreneur, and proud mother of two highly mobile …

051: Straddling the gap between the civilian and military community with new co-host Jenny Lynne Stroup

October 26th, 2020

34:55

Holding Down the Fort welcomes its new co-host, active duty military spouse, mother and mental health advocate Jenny Lynne Stroup! She shares what …

050: Veteran Wealth Secrets with Scott R. Tucker & Jen Amos

October 23rd, 2020

24:46

Husband and wife team Scott & Jen kick off their bonus Friday episodes to talk about how Holding Down the Fort was birthed from the philosophies …

049: Mentorship, leadership and family with Enrique Acosta Gonzalez

October 21st, 2020

47:14

Navy Veteran of 26 years Enrique Acosta Gonzalez helps first-time and struggling leaders go from SUCKcess to Success through coaching, mentorship, analysis, and training. He shares how he worked through prejudice during …

048: Building a non-traditional, portable career with Lorraine Sanborn

October 19th, 2020

29:30

Lorraine is a Navy spouse widow, a mother of two, and a granny of two young adult grandchildren, which are her “why” in life. Lorraine shares her …

047: Season 3 Trailer of Holding Down the Fort Podcast with Gold Star Daughter, Veteran Spouse and Host Jen Amos

October 13th, 2020

17:41

Also available to watch on our new YouTube Channel now: https://youtu.be/_fgMgynreyc

Holding Down the Fort Season 3 is returning in mid-October, 2020! …

046: "A gift for college, a gift for life." Celebrating Holding Down the Fort’s one year anniversary and financial education for military families with Scott R. Tucker

July 6th, 2020

1:10:10

For the season 2 finale of Holding Down the Fort, Jen invites her husband to be her final guest. Scott R. Tucker is a West Point ‘02 Grad, Veteran …

045: “People took remote work seriously before COVID-19. But now, it's a staple.” Connecting military spouses to remote work with Kimber Hill

June 29th, 2020

25:20

Founder / CEO of VirtForce and (a good friend of Jen & Scott’s at US VetWealth) Kimber Hill has helped 500+ military spouses find remote employment and has made a $15 million economic impact on the military …

044: "I'll tell you, schedules for everything are the only way I can get by." Helping mothers grow big businesses with Chandra Adusei

June 22nd, 2020

28:02

Navy veteran, military spouse, and Senior Managing Partner of the Fempreneur Consultant Chandra Adusei shares how she's helping mothers grow big …

043: "In order to survive and thrive, you must build community." Creating relationships that make you feel understood, respected, and valued with Jason Matthews

June 15th, 2020

48:48

Jason Matthews is an honorably discharged US Army Veteran and Relationship Strategist. He teaches people how to overcome their personal challenges so they can create the relationships that make them feel understood, …

042: "As your company is starting up, there are a lot of growing pains. With growing pains, there are a lot of things that you learn." Premium salad dressings with Stacy Currie

June 8th, 2020

37:43

Stacy is the wife of a United States Marine Corps Veteran and has been an educator for over 25 years at the high school and university levels. She is …

041: “If being a military child is a novelty, make it one.” Growing up as a military child with Precious Williams

June 1st, 2020

40:24

Precious Williams, also known as Precious Pioneer, shares her experiences growing up as a military child, how the "military brat" benefits don't go underserved, and how her upbringing influenced her career today as a …

040: "Take every opportunity to build your skillset for your career." Women in the food and beverage service industry with Christie Lawler

May 25th, 2020

39:44

Christie Lawler is the Founder and Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG LLC, a marketing consulting firm offering a full suite of marketing, branding, sales …

039: “The pandemic highlighted what we already knew: online and remote work really is the future.” Freelancing with Laura Briggs

May 18th, 2020

34:02

Laura Briggs is an award-winning business author, speaker, freelance writer, seasoned digital marketing expert, and wife of a navy veteran. Her work has often featured the media, including Entrepreneur.com, Thrive …

038: “Go to the cloud.” Mindset training for high stress occupations and environments with Dr. Jannell MacAulay

May 11th, 2020

39:17

Dr. Jannell MacAulay is a combat veteran who served 20 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, commander, special operations consultant, and …

037: How Telehealth is helping military families get through mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 4th, 2020

35:03

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Telehealth has taken a front seat in care delivery throughout the country. San Diego clinic director, Shari Houser, and outreach manager (and military spouse), Jenny Lynne Stroup share how …

036: “Makeup is another tool that can help us express ourselves.” From military officer to international makeup artist with Natalie Setareh

April 27th, 2020

41:41

Natalie Setareh is an award-winning author, international makeup artist, and educator based in Wiesbaden, Germany. She believes that makeup is for everyone, and she teaches people how to shop for the right products and …

035: "Let's figure it out.” Social media marketing, the imposter syndrome and failing forward with Jen Amos and Emily Reagan

April 20th, 2020

56:31

Holding Down the Fort's Producer and Host Jen Amos had an opportunity to be interviewed in Emily Reagan’s Digital Media Specialist & Virtual …

034: "Sharing your story is selfless, not selfish." The power of storytelling with Jen Amos

April 13th, 2020

51:00

Holding Down the Fort's Producer and Host Jen Amos had an opportunity to be interviewed on Romina's show: RM Podcast FL. She shares a recap of her …

033: "Connection is key." Mental health and being a new military spouse with Tesa Saulmon

April 6th, 2020

44:31

New military spouse Tesa Saulmon and her husband currently call Florida their home - that is, until they get orders to their next adventure. Her …

032: Assisting veterans and military spouses with career readiness through mentorship with Lucie Piper

March 30th, 2020

47:14

Lucie is the Program Manager for the Military Spouse Mentoring Program at ACP, a national non-profit that assists veterans and military spouses with career readiness through mentorship. She is a New York native but …

031: Overcoming trauma through the partnership of horses and humans with Kayla Arestivo

March 23rd, 2020

36:05

Kayla Arestivo is the Founder and President of Trails of Purpose Veteran Program where they focus on restoring wellness to the veteran community through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy. She is currently in her …

030: Property management services for military families with Toby Prudhomme

March 16th, 2020

17:53

As a West Point Graduate and 21 Army veteran accomplished at solving complex problems in austere locations, Toby Prudhomme wanted to apply his …

029: "When people have been in a traumatic experience, it's beyond their control. I'm giving people their power back." Yoga Therapy with Anissa Hudak

March 9th, 2020

40:19

Anissa Hudak’s life has been intertwined with PTSD/Trauma and the military. Not only is she the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, she was also married to an active duty member (and Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran) for over 20 …

028: "Everything that you’re putting out there should be you because if it’s not, then you’re doing a disservice." Authentic storytelling with Nikki Zellner

March 2nd, 2020

57:43

Nikki Zellner owns a boutique content consultancy called Where Content Connects – where she helps bad-ass lady bosses share their authentic stories …

027: Gold Star Daughter Jen Amos Returns to the Military Community 20+ Years Later After Losing Her Father

February 25th, 2020

18:40

Jen Amos, Gold Star Daughter, Veteran Spouse, and Host of Holding Down the Fort, shares how creating this podcast show has become one of many ways …

026: The Interview that Inspired Holding Down the Fort

February 17th, 2020

51:18

Listen to US VetLife Founder & CEO Scott R. Tucker’s exclusive interview with VirtForce Founder Kimber Hill. This edited interview includes Scott’s background in the service and post-military depression, common …

025: What career military families need to know about the Survivor Benefit Plan

February 10th, 2020

41:49

Get to know the couple and the company behind the podcast! Show host Jen Amos interviews her husband, ‘02 West Point grad, Army Officer Veteran, and founder of US VetWealth Scott R. Tucker. Scott shares how their …

024: A Podcast Show Dedicated to Military Spouses Holding Down the Fort

February 4th, 2020

6:10

Welcome to Holding Down the Fort, a podcast show dedicated to curating knowledge, resources and relevant stories so military spouses can continue to …

023: “Hi, my name is Amy. Will you be my emergency contact?” Establishing new communities as an extrovert, entrepreneurship and military spouse mental health with Amy Shick

December 30th, 2019

58:54

Mother and entrepreneur Amy Shick prefers to see every deployment or PCS as an opportunity to explore a different season of her life as a military spouse. She shares how being an extrovert has made it easy for her to …

022: "Its very important to bet on your potential." Human resources, military spouse career resources, and the imposter syndrome with Tia Prevo

December 23rd, 2019

35:31

Military Spouse, HR professional and podcast contributor Tia Prevo shares her passion for Human Resources, how she shares resources for military spouses to further their careers through her Instagram account …

021: “You know, a day job just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.” Web designing for women entrepreneurs and military spouses with Lily Dagdag

December 16th, 2019

33:44

Website designer for women entrepreneurs and military spouses Lily Dagdag understands that businesses cannot exist today without having a website. She talks about how she started in business, the importance of having a …

020: “You do have to work when you work from home.” Establishing an Internet Marketing career with Tom Antion

December 9th, 2019

34:09

Tom Antion founded the Internet Marketing Training Center (IMTC) school as an alternative to traditional college in allowing military spouses to earn …

019: Creating community with free events and holiday mini sessions with Sabrina Johannes

December 2nd, 2019

15:59

For the last three years, Deployed Love has provided complimentary community events for military families to reconnect during the Holidays when …

018: “When people transition, everyone loses the family that they knew.” How to survive and thrive through military transition and beyond with Doc Springer

November 25th, 2019

47:36

Dr. Shauna Springer is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on initiatives that benefit the military community. Known as …

017: Resources available today for servicemembers' girlfriends, fiancés and young spouses with Lizann Lightfoot

November 18th, 2019

31:33

Lizann Lightfoot was inspired to start the Seasoned Spouse blog and community when new girlfriends, fiancés and young spouses of servicemembers were coming to her for advice after her husband's 6th deployment. Lizann …

016: “A jack of all trades isn’t a bad thing.” Encouraging a multi-passionate, virtual assistant career with Emily Reagan

November 11th, 2019

43:36

Mother of four, Air Force wife of 17 years, and Digital Marketing Consultant Emily Reagan knew early on in her military spouse journey that she …

015: "We are so much more than just military spouses. We are men and women with life goals." Thriving in the military lifestyle with Jen & Kirst

November 4th, 2019

25:41

Military spouses Jen & Kirst share life before marrying their Air Force husbands, how they met, and what inspired them to start Wives of the Air Force (WAFs) blog. Together, they are passionate about making this …

014: "You’re never alone, that’s for sure." Finding local groups and resources for military spouses with Sarah McLeod

October 28th, 2019

26:24

Military spouse, mom of two, and lifestyle blogger of Chaos and Cammies Sarah McLeod shares how she sought out local community groups and resources to prevent feeling bored, sad and alone.

Connect with Sarah on Instagram …

013: How women can find balance in all areas of their life through holistic, natural, and healthy practices with with Carolyn Crews

October 21st, 2019

41:29

“We naturally tend to want to take care of everybody else and feel like that’s our job and our role.” Working mother of two, Nurse Anesthetist …

012: "If you’re making an effort, you’re doing great." Healthy living and lifestyle with a sense of flexibility and grace with Maleah Staton

October 14th, 2019

34:35

A healthy lifestyle is going to look different for everyone - and that’s okay. Registered Dietitian and personal trainer Maleah Staton shares how to maintain a healthy routine when PCSing or going through major life …

011: The importance of a side hustle - even if you are not legally allowed to work - with Julie Cohen

October 7th, 2019

30:01

Julie Cohen is a freelance writer and editor who co-owns Military Moms Blog, a parenting website for military families. She shares how freeing it's …

010: Celebrating the first day of post-military life and how to T.H.R.I.V.E. with Heather Elizabeth Neary

September 30th, 2019

1:03:01

At the time of this recording, Evolutionary Leader and Founder of the SHINE Movement Heather Elizabeth Neary and her wife have officially …

009: How young couples can nurture long distance relationships with Madison Lange

September 23rd, 2019

18:32

Madison Lange shares her story as an Air Force girlfriend and tips on how to nurture a long distance relationship.

Connect with Madison on Instagram @madisonann16 or visit her website https://www.thewordofmads.com/

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008: "Advocate for yourself." How active duty military spouses can Begin Within and seek employment with Jaime Chapman

September 16th, 2019

35:09

Served in the Army Reserves for 6 years, Active Duty Military Spouse, Founder & CEO of Begin Within Jaime Chapman has a passion for helping spouses transition into the military, then helping them find and maintain …

007: "Entrepreneurship is growing and for good reason. It's time to be a part of it!" Talking business with Gems Collins

September 10th, 2019

28:37

Owning and growing businesses can change lives for both the person starting it and the people that they are helping. Business and Breakthrough Coach …

006: "It's okay to not be okay." Normalizing conversations around mental health with Annette Whittenberger

September 2nd, 2019

26:45

Annette is a military spouse, mother to two teenagers (one being in college) and veteran who served in the Army for over seventeen years as a …

005: How to find, accept and sift through the right financial services and resources on military installations with Lacey Langford

August 26th, 2019

23:42

Despite the free financial services and resources already available on military installations, Military Money Expert, Veteran and Military spouse Lacey Langford addresses how military families need the proper education …

004: Discussing the medical benefits of cannabis for someone living with chronic pain with Angela Vasquez

August 19th, 2019

34:13

Coast Guard Spouse, Mother of Two, Cannabis Advocate and Owner of Box of Knots Angela Vasquez debunks the assumptions of "getting high" through her personal story of being hospitalized, bedridden, and actively living …

003: How military spouses can maintain a healthy body and mind no matter where they go with Kimberly Hamilton

August 13th, 2019

19:30

Military spouse, health and wellness coach (maintaining an over 50 pound weight loss) Kimberly Hamilton shares the importance of finding a fitness and nutrition plan that you can take with you no matter where you go.

002: How to build a thriving business even through a PCS with Chavah Grant

August 6th, 2019

24:26

Owner of Vida Chic Weddings and Events Chavah Grant shares her life as a military spouse and an event coordinator. She provides business and marketing tips on how to build a thriving business even through a PCS.

Connect …

001: Welcome to Holding Down the Fort Podcast Show

July 2nd, 2019

8:25

Welcome to the first episode of Holding Down the Fort, a podcast show where we put military spouses and families needs front and center so that they …

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