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Holding Down the Fort Podcast

A Military, Society and Culture podcast
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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 s
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 MilSpouse Mentor, Speaker and writer Jayla Rae Ardelean candidly joins us
125: "Deployment sucks. But where can I find beauty and opportunity in the midst of it?" Deployment countdown boxes with Becky Hoy Lately, Becky Hoy has been making space to adjust to the unexpectedness of deployments and how the world is evolv
124: "Life is not happening to me. I am actively choosing to be present and a participant in this life." Recovering Type A personality and bullying amongst military spouses with Emily Millman Military Spouse, physical and mental health advocate
124: "Life is not happening to me. I am actively choosing to be present and a participant in this life." Recovering Type A personality and bullying amongst military spouses with Emily Millman Military Spouse, physical and mental health advocate
BONUS: "We need our stories to make the data come alive. We also need the data to affirm our stories." Blue Star Families' FlyerTalk Friday hosted by Dr. Geri Lynn Maples Past guest Dr. Geri Lynn Maples invites Jen and Jenny Lynne to talk about
123: "Nobody's broken. We all have imperfections, and that's okay." Personalized meal recommendations and resilience techniques with Manda Lynn McVey Manda Lynn McVey returns from episode 69 to update us on her life as an Army Wife, Holistic We
122: “If the family can't be physically together during the holidays, how do we still get that connection?” Managing holiday expectations with Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW join us from the Stev
BONUS: "My father’s absence reflects the incredible impact he made while he was alive." A Military Father's Legacy of Love & Community with Jen Amos "According to those who knew my father, Alfonso Apdal Amos was a kind, simple, humble and unass
121: "It's important to have interests outside of the military because the military does not last forever." Using writing as an outlet and post-military life with Jessica Silva Jessica Silva returns to the show to update us on post-military lif
120: "Within the military dad story, there's trauma, sadness and ugliness. There's also richness within that story." Bringing every dad home with Ben Killoy Ben Killoy is a Marine Veteran, speaker, and a coach with a focus on helping dads step
119: "I have a Distillery, you have a Harrier…do you want to fly some bourbon on it?" Collaborating with fellow veteran businesses with Scott Sanders When trying new ideas, Admiral, Distiller and Patriot Scott Sanders will often say, "I don’t k
118: "I have my own identity. I'm also a military spouse. That's part of me, too." Embracing and serving the military spouse community with Britt Lanza Entrepreneur, podcaster and community leader Britt Lanza never thought she'd find herself se
117: "It's not okay to feel burned out." Maximizing your high-performance potential with an efficient, sustainable and scientifically sound approach with Louise Valentine Louise Valentine from episode 88 returns to update us on her and her fami
116: "It's hard to feel like you're taking care of the family when you are not the breadwinner." Exploring post-military life as a male military spouse with Keith Hayden Veteran, Military Spouse, and “Multi-Passionate” Author & Podcaster Keith
115: "Transition is a mindset." Providing free comprehensive educational resources and opportunities with Jai Salters Naval Officer, Founder of ACT NOW Education and Spirit of Bob Hope recipient Jai Salters has been mentally retired for the las
114: "Answering the question, 'What is my purpose?' is key to agile employment." Military Spouse's ToolKit for Agile and Purposeful Employment with Jen Amos and Scott R. Tucker In partnership with the Hampton Roads Military Spouse Economic Empo
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 employ
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 Seasoned Spouse, Founder of Pride & Grit and the Evolve Retreat Jen
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Dr. Nikki Watkins and Heather Wilson vulnerably share their personal experiences, their advocacy work in honor of their losses, and encouraging advice to military family members on grieving an
Jenn Whitmer is a former military child, top keynote speaker and professional development consultant, writer, and enneagram coach. Jenn shares her family connection with Jenny Lynne, her experience growing up as a military child, how to create
Note: If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or are concerned for someone who may be in crisis, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 at the prompt. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Leslie Mc
The last Sunday of September is recognized as Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. Jen invites Founder of the Price of Freedom Foundation Dennis Schroader to share the work he's been doing in collaboration with her family to document the life o
Veteran, long-time Virginian resident, and author Jerry Barnes returns to update us on his latest manuscript, share a snapshot of his satisfying life, and a teaser on some upcoming stories. Listen to our last conversation from Ep. 70: https://w
Navy spouse of 25 years, mom of two, and the new director of MilSpouseFest Julie P. Shepard is all about building community for our military families. She shares her involvement with MilSpouseFest before becoming the new director, the self suff
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