Written By: Jen Amos, Host of Holding Down the Fort Podcast

Happy Veteran’s Day! Today is a day to honor our military veterans who have served. To say, “Thank you for your service,” AND to share their stories. Who are you thanking today? And what is their story?

Let me start by sharing the stories of the two most important veterans in my life.

To my father, Alfonso Apdal Amos…

I come from a family of farmers. I was told that my father loved farming, but his father told him to join the US Military to seek more opportunities. So he enlisted and served in the US Navy as a MM1 in the 80s and 90s. Here’s a throwback photo of my family in the early 90s – my mom is on the left, my dad is to the right of her, and that’s my brother and myself next to him. And that stroller in front of us? That’s my baby sister.

The disappearance of my father in 1998 was completely unexpected. He was on the USS Kitty Hawk traveling from Yokosuka, Japan Naval Base to South Korea when he went missing. I was told that a search crew was sent out for three days to no success… And as you can imagine, this has deeply impacted my family ever since. 

Today, we honor my dad’s memory at his marker in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Whenever I have a chance to visit San Diego, CA, I always make it a point to have a father/daughter date with him.

I share more about our family story in Ep. 027.

About the Podcast

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Military families are far from the average American family.

While on active duty, families learn resilience, resourcefulness, time management, organizational skills, flexibility, delayed gratification and, of course, how to establish a new normal after every PCS.

Our award-winning show is dedicated to curating knowledge, resources and relevant stories for military spouses (by military spouses and military family advocates) so they can continue to make confident and informed decisions for themselves and their families. Because let’s face it… we know who’s REALLY “Holding Down the Fort.”

November 2020, Jen Amos and Holding Down the Fort Podcast was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! Check out her acceptance speech at https://fb.watch/1Es0LLlGu7/

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 Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth

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 education and resume building to veterans. She shares when is the best time for service members to plan for post-military life, how to speak the civilian language, what she considers to be a better word for 'transition,' and much more. Contact Lori Norris https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorinorris (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorinorris) Resources Listen to Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast http://ll4vets.com/ (http://ll4vets.com/) Listen to Jen and Scott's interview on Lori's podcast https://www.nextforvets.com/podcast-episode73 (https://www.nextforvets.com/podcast-episode73) Have you wondered if your resume meets industry standards? Download your FREE Veteran Resume Self-inspection checklist: https://www.nextforvets.com/ (https://www.nextforvets.com/) Check out the latest updates on Holding Down the Fort in our latest newsletter: — 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/ (https://usvetwealth.com/) Looking for a similar show to listen to? Check out our sister podcast show, The Spouse Benefit Plan, at http://thespousebenefitplan.com/ (http://thespousebenefitplan.com/) 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 (http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT) Connect with our co-hosts Jen Amos jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com and Jenny Lynne Stroup jennylynne@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, Sisters in Service Podcast, Lessons Learned for Vets 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. Enjoy our show? Kindly leave us a written 5-Star review on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/30SJ7NW (https://apple.co/30SJ7NW), Podchaser https://bit.ly/3dnCacY…
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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

About the Host

Learn more about the host here!

Jen Amos is an award winning podcaster and online entrepreneur.

Jen first found podcasting in summer 2019 as a way to work through her mild depression and bouts of loneliness. She had recently moved from San Diego, CA (her home of 20+ years) to now Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and fur baby.

Jen is an advocate for promoting personal narratives. She is known for her active listening skills, candidness, and ability to uncover powerful stories and life lessons while interviewing her guests live. Her favorite topics to cover on her shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health.

Prior to podcasting and moving to the east coast, Jen received her Bachelor’s in Journalism emphasis Public Relations at San Diego State University and was fired from her fourth consecutive job in her young adult years. For a decade since, Jen has established a career in sales and in entrepreneurship with experience in the legal industry, online marketing, and now financial services.

Jen’s been featured on multiple media outlets including Psychology Diary, VirtForce, Ossa Collective, SUPERBANDS, Chopsticks Alley, FoundHer by Entrepinayship, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, SD Voyager, FedEx Office, The San Diego Union Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego, The Living East, and much more.

November 2020, she was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards for her work with Holding Down the Fort Podcast. Her show, The Filipino American Woman (TFAW) Project, has been recognized as “Amplifying Asian Women Voices” on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month 2020. In 2018, her and her husband’s business, US VetWealth, was named 2018 Best Entrepreneur Start Up Company Awardee by the San Diego Business Journal & The Rosie Network.

August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker for PodFest Global, which now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Attendance for a Virtual Podcasting Conference in One Week. In addition to the media platforms, events, groups, and organizations Jen has been fortunate to be a guest speaker at throughout the years, her favorite medium of speaking has been through podcasting.

During her spare time, Jen volunteers with Veterati, SCORE and 7 Cups.

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