Season's Greetings! 🎄❄️⛄️

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.

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to chatting with you all again in 2022 for Season 6! 💙🥰

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Resources for the holidays (mentioned in Ep. 122)

  • If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified Veterans Affairs responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or visit
  • Vets4Warriors provides sustained, confidential peer support to any veteran, service member, family member, or caregiver whenever they have an issue, wherever they are in the world. We help before challenges turn into crises. Call 1-855-838-8255 or visit
  • Military OneSource from the Department of Defense is your 24/7 gateway to trusted information, resources and confidential help. When MilLife happens, it’s your “first line of support” — giving service members and military families tools to stay well and thrive. Learn more at
  • Brought to you by CVN and Blue Star Families, Tools for Managing Stress and Worry provides research-based strategies, tools and techniques to help manage stress and worry. The course was designed by mental health experts with input from military family members themselves. Learn more at
  • In addition to providing vital mental health services, each Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic has become a pillar in its community in part due to a wide variety of workshops, seminars, partner gatherings, and other events held in the community rooms in each location. Learn more at
  • To find a Cohen Veterans Network clinic near you, visit

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Jen Amos, creator and co-host of the award-winning podcast Holding Down the Fort, introduces its sister show, The Spouse Benefit Plan. She brings light to the challenges that military spouses face, how her background as a Gold Star daughter inspires her work today, and touches upon the responsibility of a spouse to confidently keep or opt out of the Survivor Benefit Plan.
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Our Latest Conversations

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.

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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, how her mother taught her the meaning of home, how her books can be used as a conversation tool amongst military families, and much more.

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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 research and practice, she didn't expect to meet her husband while preparing to defend her dissertation. She reflects on her mother's strength and resiliency as a career-oriented military spouse, the immigrant family's perspective on joining the military, the common theme of 'self-sacrifice,' her love to build up others, and much more.

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Happy Holidays & Have a Happy New Year! 🥳


Jen Amos

Gold Star Daughter & Veteran Spouse
The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards “Media Professional of the Year” Awardee
Producer & Co-Host | Holding Down the Fort Podcast by US VetWealth


Jenny Lynne Stroup

Co-Host, Seasoned Military Spouse, Mom
Freelance Writer & Mental Health Advocate
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"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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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"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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Jen is a fun and lively host who provides a good balance of showcasing her guests while also sharing her own relatable stories and experiences. Her podcasts feel like a conversation between two people that you get to listen in on. I would highly recommend giving Holding Down the Fort a listen!" - VirtForce ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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About Us: 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, Holding Down the Fort Podcast by US VetWealth, focuses on sustaining a fulfilling and purposeful military life through conversation and community building. We converse with special guests from the military community and for the military community to share knowledge, resources and relevant stories on how we can best "hold down the fort" for ourselves and our loved ones.

Notable Recognition: November 2021, Jen Amos returns to the 5th Annual National Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Awards to congratulate the winners and share the progress of our show. 
September 2021, the show made the Final Slate in the 16th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards for the Government & Organizations category. November 2020, Jen Amos and Holding Down the Fort Podcast was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards! We've also been featured in multiple media outlets including Get 2 VetBlue Star Families of Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, Legacy MagazineU.S. Veterans MagazineThe American MilSpouseVeteranCrowd Network, It's a Military Life, VirtForce, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, and much more.

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