Holding Down the Fort Podcast

Holding Down the Fort 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 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.” Subscribe to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gTTOdT Connect with Jen Amos - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenamos/ or email jen@holdingdownthefortpodcast.com Join our Instagram community https://www.instagram.com/holdingdownthefortpodcast/ Brought to you by US VetWealth https://usvetwealth.com/


“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
Jul 6 • 70 min
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 and Founder of US VetWealth. He separated from the military in late 2008 and began a career as a financial…
“People took remote work seriously before COVID-19. But now, it’s a staple.” Connecting military spouses to remote work with Kimber Hill
Jun 29 • 25 min
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 community since June 2018. She shares how…
“I’ll tell you, schedules for everything are the only way I can get by.” Helping mothers grow big businesses with Chandra Adusei
Jun 22 • 28 min
Navy veteran, military spouse, and Senior Managing Partner of the Fempreneur Consultant Chandra Adusei shares how she’s helping mothers grow big businesses. Schedule a free Discovery Call with Chandra at https://chandraadusei.com/…
“In order to survive and thrive, you must build community.” Creating relationships that make you feel understood, respected, and valued with Jason Matthews
Jun 15 • 48 min
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, respected, and valued. Download Jason’s…
“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
Jun 8 • 37 min
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 always busy developing and testing recipes for a wide variety of salad dressings and marinades, including…
“If being a military child is a novelty, make it one.” Growing up as a military child with Precious Williams
Jun 1 • 40 min
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 chef. Connect with Precious on…
“Take every opportunity to build your skillset for your career.” Women in the food and beverage service industry with Christie Lawler
May 25 • 39 min
Christie Lawler is the Founder and Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG LLC, a marketing consulting firm offering a full suite of marketing, branding, sales strategy and training services for local, national and global companies. Christie is soon to be a published…
“The pandemic highlighted what we already knew: online and remote work really is the future.” Freelancing with Laura Briggs
May 18 • 34 min
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 Global, Business Insider, and the…
“Go to the cloud.” Mindset training for high stress occupations and environments with Dr. Jannell MacAulay
May 11 • 39 min
Dr. Jannell MacAulay is a combat veteran who served 20 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, commander, special operations consultant, and professionalism instructor. With her innovative leadership style, she was the first leader to introduce mindfulness…
How Telehealth is helping military families get through mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic
May 4 • 35 min
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 the Cohen Veterans Network continues…
“Makeup is another tool that can help us express ourselves.” From military officer to international makeup artist with Natalie Setareh
Apr 27 • 41 min
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 how to apply those products in a way…
“Let’s figure it out.” Social media marketing, the imposter syndrome and failing forward with Jen Amos and Emily Reagan
Apr 20 • 56 min
Holding Down the Fort’s Producer and Host Jen Amos had an opportunity to be interviewed in Emily Reagan’s Digital Media Specialist & Virtual Assistant Lab Facebook Group. Jen shares her background in the social media marketing industry before working with…
“Sharing your story is selfless, not selfish.” The power of storytelling with Jen Amos
Apr 13 • 51 min
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 workshop on storytelling at PodFest Expo 2020, behind the scenes of sharing her story in Season 2 Episode 4…
“Connection is key.” Mental health and being a new military spouse with Tesa Saulmon
Apr 6 • 44 min
New military spouse Tesa Saulmon and her husband currently call Florida their home - that is, until they get orders to their next adventure. Her husband is Active Duty Navy currently in Flight School, and she is a Graduate Student for Clinical Mental…
Assisting veterans and military spouses with career readiness through mentorship with Lucie Piper
Mar 30 • 47 min
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 relocated frequently to follow her…
Overcoming trauma through the partnership of horses and humans with Kayla Arestivo
Mar 23 • 36 min
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 final semester of her Masters degree…
Property management services for military families with Toby Prudhomme
Mar 16 • 17 min
As a West Point Graduate and 21 Army veteran accomplished at solving complex problems in austere locations, Toby Prudhomme wanted to apply his knowledge, experience, and innovative mindset to modernize existing lodging options to benefit his current…
“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
Mar 9 • 40 min
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 years. For 3 years, she volunteered at…
“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
Mar 2 • 57 min
Nikki Zellner owns a boutique content consultancy called Where Content Connects – where she helps bad-ass lady bosses share their authentic stories to form stronger relationships with their audience. Nikki is part of the Milspo Project leadership team…
Gold Star Daughter Jen Amos Returns to the Military Community 20+ Years Later After Losing Her Father
Feb 24 • 18 min
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 she’s reconnected with the military community 20+ years after unexpectedly losing her father while he was in…
The Interview that Inspired Holding Down the Fort
Feb 17 • 51 min
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 struggles that military spouses face, how US…
What career military families need to know about the Survivor Benefit Plan
Feb 10 • 41 min
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 company began and educates career military…
A Podcast Show Dedicated to Military Spouses Holding Down the Fort
Feb 4 • 6 min
Welcome to Holding Down the Fort, a podcast show dedicated to curating knowledge, resources and relevant stories so military spouses can continue to make confident and informed decisions for their families. Because let’s face it, we know who’s really…
“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
Dec 30, 2019 • 58 min
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 build new communities quickly, how her…
“Its very important to bet on your potential.” Human resources, military spouse career resources, and the imposter syndrome with Tia Prevo
Dec 23, 2019 • 35 min
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 @dependent.work, the imposter syndrome and the…
“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
Dec 16, 2019 • 33 min
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 website, being in business with her…
“You do have to work when you work from home.” Establishing an Internet Marketing career with Tom Antion
Dec 9, 2019 • 34 min
Tom Antion founded the Internet Marketing Training Center (IMTC) school as an alternative to traditional college in allowing military spouses to earn an accredited certificate in internet marketing. IMTC is approved by the Department of Defense and offers…
Creating community with free events and holiday mini sessions with Sabrina Johannes
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
For the last three years, Deployed Love has provided complimentary community events for military families to reconnect during the Holidays when separated by deployments. Previous Army Wife & Executive Director Sabrina Johannes shares how officially…
“When people transition, everyone loses the family that they knew.” How to survive and thrive through military transition and beyond with Doc Springer
Nov 25, 2019 • 47 min
Dr. Shauna Springer is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on initiatives that benefit the military community. Known as “Doc Springer”, she is a trusted advisor for a vast network of veterans, military families and fellow thought…
Resources available today for servicemembers’ girlfriends, fiancés and young spouses with Lizann Lightfoot
Nov 18, 2019 • 31 min
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 shares education, resources and her…
“A jack of all trades isn’t a bad thing.” Encouraging a multi-passionate, virtual assistant career with Emily Reagan
Nov 11, 2019 • 43 min
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 didn’t want to work a menial job. She shares what types of virtual assistant opportunities are available right…
“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
Nov 4, 2019 • 25 min
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 military life easier and clearer for other…
“You’re never alone, that’s for sure.” Finding local groups and resources for military spouses with Sarah McLeod
Oct 28, 2019 • 26 min
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 @chaosandcammies or email her at…
How women can find balance in all areas of their life through holistic, natural, and healthy practices with with Carolyn Crews
Oct 21, 2019 • 41 min
“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 (CRNA), holistic health enthusiast, Certified Reiki Practitioner, and Active Deployed Army National Guard spouse…
“If you’re making an effort, you’re doing great.” Healthy living and lifestyle with a sense of flexibility and grace with Maleah Staton
Oct 14, 2019 • 34 min
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 changes. Connect with Maleah on…
The importance of a side hustle - even if you are not legally allowed to work - with Julie Cohen
Oct 7, 2019 • 30 min
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 been to explore her passions due to the current SOFA agreement in Italy (where military spouses are not…
Celebrating the first day of post-military life and how to T.H.R.I.V.E. with Heather Elizabeth Neary
Sep 30, 2019 • 63 min
At the time of this recording, Evolutionary Leader and Founder of the SHINE Movement Heather Elizabeth Neary and her wife have officially transitioned out of the service! Heather Elizabeth shares her wife’s experiences in the 90s when she was discharged…
How young couples can nurture long distance relationships with Madison Lange
Sep 23, 2019 • 18 min
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/ This episode is brought to you by…
“Advocate for yourself.” How active duty military spouses can Begin Within and seek employment with Jaime Chapman
Sep 16, 2019 • 35 min
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 careers as an active duty military…
“Entrepreneurship is growing and for good reason. It’s time to be a part of it!” Talking business with Gems Collins
Sep 10, 2019 • 28 min
Owning and growing businesses can change lives for both the person starting it and the people that they are helping. Business and Breakthrough Coach Gems Collins shares how she found her struggles as a military spouse to be a blessing in disguise. She…
“It’s okay to not be okay.” Normalizing conversations around mental health with Annette Whittenberger
Sep 2, 2019 • 26 min
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 Chemical officer including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She retired and decided to trade in her boots…
How to find, accept and sift through the right financial services and resources on military installations with Lacey Langford
Aug 26, 2019 • 23 min
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 and encouragement to finding,…
Discussing the medical benefits of cannabis for someone living with chronic pain with Angela Vasquez
Aug 19, 2019 • 34 min
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 with chronic pain. She encourages…
How military spouses can maintain a healthy body and mind no matter where they go with Kimberly Hamilton
Aug 13, 2019 • 19 min
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. Connect with Kimberly Hamilton on IG…
How to build a thriving business even through a PCS with Chavah Grant
Aug 6, 2019 • 24 min
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 with Chavah Grant on LinkedIn.…
Welcome to Holding Down the Fort Podcast Show
Jul 2, 2019 • 8 min
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 can make informed decisions for their family. Because, let’s face it, we know who’s really “holding down…