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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 special guests from and for our military community to share knowledge, resources and relevant stories on how we can best “hold down the fort” while on active duty, going through transition, and into post-military life. Holding Down the Fort is sponsored by US VetWealth. Navigate your military retirement pay and survivor benefit plan alternatives by getting FREE access to our white papers. We have a case study library for the following ranks: E7, E8, E9, O5 and O6. Visit https://usvetwealth.com/retirementpay/ Stay connected and get the latest updates from our Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth community by subscribing to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT. Questions? Email jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com March 2022, Jenny Lynne was voted the 2022 Naval Station Norfolk Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. November 2020, Jen Amos was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! The show continued to collect award nominations in the following years. September 2021, the show made the Final Slate in the 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards for the Government & Organizations category. November 2021, the show was an Award Finalist for the 5th Annual National Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Awards. December 2021, the show became a Golden Crane Podcast Awards Nominee. Holding Down the Fort has also been featured in multiple media outlets including Military Entrepreneur (M.E.) Magazine, MOAA’s Never Stop Learning Podcast, The Leadership Void Podcast, Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast, Sisters in Service Podcast, Get 2 Vet, Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, Legacy Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, The American MilSpouse, VeteranCrowd Network, It's a Military Life, VirtForce, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, and much more. Here’s what our listeners have to say about our 5-Star rated show: "This podcast is a must listen for military families everywhere. Each of Jen and Jenny Lynne’s conversations with guests reveals is heartfelt and insightful—highly recommend!" - Maddie "Funny, thought provoking, challenging status quo and ruthlessly supporting their communities— Jen & Jenny Lynne are a delight to listen to and to interact with." - emillmanrn "These are two women with a big heart and are ready to open it to the world." - Ben Killoy "Jen and Jenny Lynne create thought provoking conversations for their military spouse audience. It’s like sitting down for coffee with two great friends who want to know how you really are, and provide the kind of help that’s actually helpful. Looking forward to this podcast being around for a long time!" - Lam978 "Jen is an incredibly intuitive soul who knows that connections and stories can make all the difference in life. It was an honor to appear on Holding Down the Fort as a guest early on in her programming, and am tuned in at all times to hear the incredible stories she brings to light." - Nikki James Zellner "Jen is great to listen to. Comforting and informative, with a positive mindset laid on top of challenging topics. My wife is currently away for Army training for a few months, so while holding down my own fort I’m glad to have found this podcast." - RemagenMatt "One of the best Veteran, Mil Spouse shows out here! This podcast is a phenomenal addition to my day. The host and guest are first class and the knowledge shared is vital to success. Thank you for what you do to keep us current and for the effort to support and highlight the military/Veteran community." - Navy Cacique

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 special guests from and for our military community to share knowledge, resources and relevant stories on how we can best “hold down the fort” while on active duty, going through transition, and into post-military life. Holding Down the Fort is sponsored by US VetWealth. Navigate your military retirement pay and survivor benefit plan alternatives by getting FREE access to our white papers. We have a case study library for the following ranks: E7, E8, E9, O5 and O6. Visit https://usvetwealth.com/retirementpay/ Stay connected and get the latest updates from our Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth community by subscribing to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT. Questions? Email jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com March 2022, Jenny Lynne was voted the 2022 Naval Station Norfolk Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. November 2020, Jen Amos was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! The show continued to collect award nominations in the following years. September 2021, the show made the Final Slate in the 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards for the Government & Organizations category. November 2021, the show was an Award Finalist for the 5th Annual National Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Awards. December 2021, the show became a Golden Crane Podcast Awards Nominee. Holding Down the Fort has also been featured in multiple media outlets including Military Entrepreneur (M.E.) Magazine, MOAA’s Never Stop Learning Podcast, The Leadership Void Podcast, Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast, Sisters in Service Podcast, Get 2 Vet, Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, Legacy Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, The American MilSpouse, VeteranCrowd Network, It's a Military Life, VirtForce, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, and much more. Here’s what our listeners have to say about our 5-Star rated show: "This podcast is a must listen for military families everywhere. Each of Jen and Jenny Lynne’s conversations with guests reveals is heartfelt and insightful—highly recommend!" - Maddie "Funny, thought provoking, challenging status quo and ruthlessly supporting their communities— Jen & Jenny Lynne are a delight to listen to and to interact with." - emillmanrn "These are two women with a big heart and are ready to open it to the world." - Ben Killoy "Jen and Jenny Lynne create thought provoking conversations for their military spouse audience. It’s like sitting down for coffee with two great friends who want to know how you really are, and provide the kind of help that’s actually helpful. Looking forward to this podcast being around for a long time!" - Lam978 "Jen is an incredibly intuitive soul who knows that connections and stories can make all the difference in life. It was an honor to appear on Holding Down the Fort as a guest early on in her programming, and am tuned in at all times to hear the incredible stories she brings to light." - Nikki James Zellner "Jen is great to listen to. Comforting and informative, with a positive mindset laid on top of challenging topics. My wife is currently away for Army training for a few months, so while holding down my own fort I’m glad to have found this podcast." - RemagenMatt "One of the best Veteran, Mil Spouse shows out here! This podcast is a phenomenal addition to my day. The host and guest are first class and the knowledge shared is vital to success. Thank you for what you do to keep us current and for the effort to support and highlight the military/Veteran community." - Navy Cacique

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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 special guests from and for our military community to share knowledge, resources and relevant stories on how we can best “hold down the fort” while on active duty, going through transition, and into post-military life. Holding Down the Fort is sponsored by US VetWealth. Navigate your military retirement pay and survivor benefit plan alternatives by getting FREE access to our white papers. We have a case study library for the following ranks: E7, E8, E9, O5 and O6. Visit https://usvetwealth.com/retirementpay/ Stay connected and get the latest updates from our Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth community by subscribing to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT. Questions? Email jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com March 2022, Jenny Lynne was voted the 2022 Naval Station Norfolk Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. November 2020, Jen Amos was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! The show continued to collect award nominations in the following years. September 2021, the show made the Final Slate in the 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards for the Government & Organizations category. November 2021, the show was an Award Finalist for the 5th Annual National Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Awards. December 2021, the show became a Golden Crane Podcast Awards Nominee. Holding Down the Fort has also been featured in multiple media outlets including Military Entrepreneur (M.E.) Magazine, MOAA’s Never Stop Learning Podcast, The Leadership Void Podcast, Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast, Sisters in Service Podcast, Get 2 Vet, Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, Legacy Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, The American MilSpouse, VeteranCrowd Network, It's a Military Life, VirtForce, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, and much more. Here’s what our listeners have to say about our 5-Star rated show: "This podcast is a must listen for military families everywhere. Each of Jen and Jenny Lynne’s conversations with guests reveals is heartfelt and insightful—highly recommend!" - Maddie "Funny, thought provoking, challenging status quo and ruthlessly supporting their communities— Jen & Jenny Lynne are a delight to listen to and to interact with." - emillmanrn "These are two women with a big heart and are ready to open it to the world." - Ben Killoy "Jen and Jenny Lynne create thought provoking conversations for their military spouse audience. It’s like sitting down for coffee with two great friends who want to know how you really are, and provide the kind of help that’s actually helpful. Looking forward to this podcast being around for a long time!" - Lam978 "Jen is an incredibly intuitive soul who knows that connections and stories can make all the difference in life. It was an honor to appear on Holding Down the Fort as a guest early on in her programming, and am tuned in at all times to hear the incredible stories she brings to light." - Nikki James Zellner "Jen is great to listen to. Comforting and informative, with a positive mindset laid on top of challenging topics. My wife is currently away for Army training for a few months, so while holding down my own fort I’m glad to have found this podcast." - RemagenMatt "One of the best Veteran, Mil Spouse shows out here! This podcast is a phenomenal addition to my day. The host and guest are first class and the knowledge shared is vital to success. Thank you for what you do to keep us current and for the effort to support and highlight the military/Veteran community." - Navy Cacique

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Episodes

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

7/5/2022
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 monument to military spouses? Based on Heath Lee's research, there are none. Heath Lee is the author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home and the Founding Historian at the League of Wives Memorial Project in Coronado. As an advocate for women's history, Heath tells the...

Duration:01:27:50

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

6/28/2022
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 skills to the private sector? Military transition resume expert and host of the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast Lori Norris recognizes that service members are rarely taught to market themselves. Since 2005, she has volunteered at the Luke Air Force Base to provide job search...

Duration:00:46:58

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

6/21/2022
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 balance their dreams and goals within the military lifestyle? Seasoned spouse, mom of three girls, marketing strategist, and host of the MilSpouse Mastermind Show Christine Hinrichs believes so. Even in the midst of her family's next PCS, she publicly demonstrates how military...

Duration:00:42:36

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

6/14/2022
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 PROMISE, Navy spouse of over 25 years, and mother of an 18-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, Michelle Norman and her team challenge the systematic problems of public education by protecting the rights of military children in special education. She educates on the initiatives...

Duration:00:49:45

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

6/7/2022
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 Genevieve and Chris Kruger as they are months away from retirement! As a retiring career military family, they share how they strategically planned for their transition - years in advance, their definition of success, how they sustained their marriage with faith and counseling, a...

Duration:00:51:00

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

5/31/2022
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 What would you do if you finally said, "I need help," only to be told that the earliest you can be helped is in six months? This was the situation Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn and Soldier for Life Director of Communications found herself in when faced with many challenges around her military transition. Newly retired, Olivia openly shares her...

Duration:01:05:59

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

5/24/2022
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 nightmares he experienced as a Marine was just combat. Little did he know that his transition to civilian life was only the start of his troubles. After eight years of military service, Sgt Q suffered from depression, anger, and panic attacks and was diagnosed with PTSD. He nearly...

Duration:01:02:18

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

5/17/2022
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 transitioned out of the military as an Air Force veteran that served for 20 years. Although she has enjoyed most of her civilian life as a personal trainer, it's only been in the recent years where she's asked herself, "What's next?" It was during the heart of the pandemic when she...

Duration:00:38:31

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

5/10/2022
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 military spouse, Franchise Entrepreneur, Career Ownership Coach, and Co-Host of the Doin’ The Thing Podcast. He shares how becoming medically discharged and his desire to be with his wife were the catalysts for him to reinvent himself as a veteran. Today, Jason educates veterans on...

Duration:00:37:57

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

5/3/2022
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 excited to be back for season 6 of Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth! They share an overview of what they've been up to in the offseason - including the launch of our sister podcast show, The Spouse Benefit Plan, Jenny Lynne's plans for being awarded the 2022 Naval Station Norfolk Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, what to...

Duration:00:21:05

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

2/7/2022
This bonus episode is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EF_JDKvCjeQ (https://youtu.be/EF_JDKvCjeQ) BONUS: "Every military spouse deserves an award." Vote Jenny Lynne Stroup for the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year! Congratulations to our co-host Jenny Lynne Stroup for becoming a nominee for the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year! Jenny Lynne shares what this nomination means for her and how you can vote! Voting is now open from February 7th to...

Duration:00:19:38

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

12/13/2021
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 Jen and Jenny Lynne close up season five just in time for the holidays! Together, they reflect on and share what season six has meant for them, they stress the importance of showing up for our community, what the phrase 'holding down the fort' means for them, saying 'thank you' rather than 'I'm sorry,' and much more. We look forward...

Duration:00:32:59

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

12/8/2021
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 Melody Agbisit never wanted to be a military spouse, despite doing a dissertation on the lived experience of the career-oriented military spouse pursuing education for career advancement. Despite having grown up in a military household to eventually becoming a therapist supporting the military spouse in...

Duration:00:44:10

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

12/6/2021
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 Shermaine Perry-Knights is an award-winning facilitator, project manager, speaker, author, and a proud military kid. Being raised as a third culture kid, she shares how she cringes whenever she's asked, "Where are you from?" Shermaine shares how she continues to strive for a mindset of growing and evolving, how she teaches others about resiliency,...

Duration:00:53:51

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

12/1/2021
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 is nearing a decade of service. She shares the importance of mental health, pursuing your passions, professional networking, future plans to open up a nonprofit with her husband, and much more. Connect with Mariavictoria Caldona Bennett http://www.mariavictoriabennett.com/...

Duration:00:39:59

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

11/29/2021
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 Ardelean candidly joins us while in "the pit" of her husband's deployment. She shares how she chronicles her entire deployment journey on the Heart of a MilSpouse podcast, how she's been able to revive her love for writing, what it means to be a "Late Career Spouse," what really...

Duration:00:38:07

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

11/24/2021
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 and how the world is evolving. Becky is a U.S. Army Spouse of 10 years, Founder of Brave Crate, and Co-Founder of PILLAR. She observes how the military community has made space for connection during a pandemic, how wishing her life away during a deployment inspired Brave Crate,...

Duration:00:43:27

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

11/22/2021
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 Military Spouse, physical and mental health advocate and nurse Emily Millman chooses to see military life as an interesting adventure. She shares her experience transporting her dogs from South Korea to the states, how she copes with the complete loss of autonomy, bullying amongst military spouses, the...

Duration:00:55:57

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

11/19/2021
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 Jenny Lynne to talk about Holding Down the Fort and their relationship as co-hosts to the Blue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio Facebook Live Show "FlyerTalk Friday!" They share why Holding Down the Fort started, how Jenny Lynne came on as a co-host, how they...

Duration:00:37:18

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

11/17/2021
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 an Army Wife, Holistic Wellness Practitioner and Spouse Master Resilience Trainer, and Founder of The Healitary Spouse. She shares her most recent PCS experience, her and her family's go-to breathing technique for stress management, her latest studies, how she chose the name,...

Duration:00:48:53