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/

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 Holding Down the Fort Podcast

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 to chatting with you all again in 2022 for season six! Until then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Read our final newsletter for 2021: https://mailchi.mp/d55fb4fae55b/holdingdownthefort (https://mailchi.mp/d55fb4fae55b/holdingdownthefort) — Get notified when we return for season six! Subscribe to our newsletter http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT (http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT) Guest Applications are now open for season six! Apply to be on our show at https://forms.gle/YdoNX9aR8RTEKpnCA (https://forms.gle/YdoNX9aR8RTEKpnCA) Connect with our co-hosts Jen Amos jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com and Jenny Lynne Stroup https://jennylynnestroup.com/ (https://jennylynnestroup.com/) or jennylynne@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com Looking for something new to listen to in the off season? Check out our sister podcast show, The Spouse Benefit Plan, at http://thespousebenefitplan.com/ (http://thespousebenefitplan.com/) Visit our website https://www.holdingdownthefortpodcast.com/ (https://www.holdingdownthefortpodcast.com/) This show is sponsored by US VetWealth: Get FREE access to the Military Spouse's ToolKit for Agile and Purposeful Employment https://usvetwealth.com/military-spouses-toolkit-for-agile-and-purposeful-employment/ (https://usvetwealth.com/military-spouses-toolkit-for-agile-and-purposeful-employment/) September 2021, the show made the Final Slate in the https://www.podcastawards.com/ (16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards) for the Government & Organizations category. November 2020, Jen Amos and Holding Down the Fort Podcast was awarded https://therosienetwork.org/2020-entrepreneur-awards (“Media Professional of the Year”) at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! We've also been featured in multiple media outlets including Legacy Magazine, https://digital.usveteransmagazine.com/US-Veterans-Magazine-Spring-2021/46 (U.S. Veterans Magazine), https://open.spotify.com/episode/0IeByl1VWjoq8V3GFl6gzp?si=gfewllBQTtGFCUwH6kEPTw (The American MilSpouse), https://veterancrowdnetwork.com/2021/01/jen-amos-award-winning-podcaster-of-holding-down-the-fort/ (VeteranCrowd Network), https://fb.watch/3xcB_0O6ZH/ (It's a Military Life), http://virtforce.us/68-transition-remote-work/ (VirtForce), https://www.militaryveterandad.com/73-keep-an-open-heart-with-jen-amos/ (Military Veteran Dad Podcast), and much more. Enjoy our show? Kindly leave us a review on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/30SJ7NW (https://apple.co/30SJ7NW), Podchaser https://bit.ly/3dnCacY (https://bit.ly/3dnCacY), or write a LinkedIn Recommendation for Jen https://bit.ly/3jNobzB (https://bit.ly/3jNobzB) Support this podcast
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 127: "You are perfect even while in progress." Self care and life lessons of a military spouse with Mariavictoria Caldona Bennett
  5. 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

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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