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/

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 Holding Down the Fort Podcast

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 Like many new military spouses, Kyra Seeley struggled with employment and making new connections while living in a new area. Fortunately, Kyra was able to quickly gain some volunteer experience thanks to It’s A Military Life, inevitably helping her get hired at a highly recognized non-profit organization. She shares the latest happenings with It’s a Military Life, the anticipation of her wedding celebration, and how to make sure that you feel loved and connected within your community. For It’s a Military Life’s latest programs, visit https://itsamilitarylife.org/ (https://itsamilitarylife.org/http://facebook.com/itsamilitarylife (http://facebook.com/itsamilitarylife) http://instagram.com/itsamilitarylife (http://instagram.com/itsamilitarylife) https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-s-a-military-life/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-s-a-military-life/) http://twitter.com/itsamil_life (http://twitter.com/itsamil_life) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTskcxXPWDN29o2oBpDjGcg (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTskcxXPWDN29o2oBpDjGcg) https://www.pinterest.com/itsamilitarylife/boards/ (https://www.pinterest.com/itsamilitarylife/boards/) — Guest Applications are now open! Apply to be on our show at https://forms.gle/YdoNX9aR8RTEKpnCA (https://forms.gle/YdoNX9aR8RTEKpnCA) Stay updated! Subscribe to our newsletter http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT (http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT) Visit our website https://www.holdingdownthefortpodcast.com/ (https://www.holdingdownthefortpodcast.com/) Connect with our co-hosts Jen Amos jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com and Jenny Lynne Stroup https://jennylynnestroup.com/ (https://jennylynnestroup.com/) or jennylynnestroup379@gmail.com 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 111: "Healing comes from finding meaning and purpose in the loss." Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month with Dr. Nikki Watkins and Heather Wilson
  4. 110: "Conflict is the way to peace." Emotional elasticity, inner work, and the enneagram with Jenn Whitmer
  5. 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

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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