Episode 28

bonus
Published on:

29th May 2021

BONUS: "It's another human being on the other side of this." Same team and mutual risk with Ahmad Shah Sa’ed and Matthew Stroup

Happy Military Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we're releasing our second BONUS episode featuring Ahmad Shah Sa’ed and (Jenny Lynne's husband) Matthew Stroup!

Ahmad Shah and Matthew share the early stages of their working relationship in Afghanistan, which eventually transitioned to a familial bond when Ahmad Shah came to the U.S. Today, Ahmad Shah reflects on the costs and unique opportunity to have worked with the U.S., while Matthew reflects on sound advice from a former Marine from Vietnam to be the best example of what it means to be an American in another country.

Ahmad Shah Sa’ed was born in Afghanistan and served as an interpreter for U.S. and coalition forces through Mission Essential Personnel. He is a father of one, a proud husband, and an Afghan-American. He loves to travel the world and doesn’t allow fear to overcome his desire for a free life for him and his family.

Matthew Stroup is a prior-enlisted Naval officer with more than 14 years in service. He served as part of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah from 2012-2013. The views expressed in this interview are based on his experience, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. You can find him on Twitter @matthew_stroup and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstroup1/

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Holding Down the Fort Podcast
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, 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.

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 Legacy Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, The American MilSpouse, VeteranCrowd Network, It's a Military Life, VirtForce, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, and much more.

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About your hosts

Jen Amos

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Jen Amos is an award-winning podcaster and entrepreneur.

Jen first found podcasting in summer 2019 as a way to work through depression and bouts of loneliness. She had recently moved from San Diego, CA (her home of 20+ years) to now Virginia Beach, VA in pursuit of new business ventures.

Jen actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster connection, community and collaboration. She is known for her active listening skills, candidness, and ability to uncover powerful stories and universal lessons while conversing with her guests. Her favorite topics to cover on her podcast shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health. Since summer 2019, she has conducted 500+ podcast interviews.

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 more than 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.

During her spare time, Jen volunteers with Veterati, enjoys a leisurely read, and swimming.

Jenny Lynne Stroup

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Jenny Lynne Stroup is writer, blogger, podcaster, mental health advocate, MILSPOUSE, MOPS-alum, and recovering human being.

She joins the Holding Down the Fort Podcast as a seasoned military spouse who spends her time at each duty station fostering community. She believes that being vulnerable and sharing her story empowers others to do the same.

As a freelance writer, Jenny Lynne uses stories to bridge the gap between the civilian and military communities. She is passionate about narrowing that gap and sees her role as a military spouse as an opportunity to reach both communities.

Jenny Lynne has a background in marketing and education. Jenny Lynne received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University.

Prior to advocating for military families' mental health as the Outreach Coordinator for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village San Diego, Jenny Lynne taught elementary school and spent her time working with several military organizations and spouse groups. She was a key note speaker for United Through Reading at both the Storybook Ball and the Tribute to Military Families events.

Jenny Lynne also worked for the USO of Metropolitan New York as a special event coordinator. During her time with the USO she worked to provide comfort and care for the wounded warriors participating the US Army Warrior Trials.

Originally from Virginia, Jenny Lynne takes her affection for her double name, her love of Southern cuisine, and her appreciation of Southern hospitality wherever the Navy sends her.