Episode 8

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16th Sep 2019

008: "Advocate for yourself." How active duty military spouses can Begin Within and seek employment with Jaime Chapman

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 spouse. She shares how the biggest part of her job is taking big complex pieces of information and simplifying them so that spouses can understand their choices and be motivated to implement.

As of September 2019, Jaime Chapman and Begin Within has been voted #1 Overall “Best Military Spouse Owned Business” presented by the Military & Veteran Community Choice Awards at the Military Influencer Conference in Washington, DC. Reach out and congratulate her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @beginwithin2016 or LinkedIn @chapmanjaime

Learn more about Begin Within at https://beginwithin.life/

Career Articles

Hire Heroes USA Provides Free Career Resources for Military Spouses

List of Free Career Resources for Military Spouses

Building a Powerful Network

Moving to Europe Doesn't Have to Kill Your Career (and General Career Tips)

Working From Home While Living in Europe (And tips for working from home anywhere) 

Resources

Hiring Our Heroes - The best local career fairs and hiring events.

Hire Heroes USA - Free Resume Writing Services

Military One Source Career Guidance for Military Spouses

Military Spouse Employment Partnership - Job board for vetted military spouse friendly employers.

MSAN Mentor - The best way to learn the ropes if you are a new military spouse.

MWR Digital Library - Continual education, free news, book and magazine subscriptions.

Veterati - On Demand Mentorship for Veterans & Spouses

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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."

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About your hosts

Jen Amos

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Jen Amos is an award winning podcaster, online entrepreneur, and (currently) a contestant on the reality podcast competition: America’s Next Top Podcaster.

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 actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster 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.

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.

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, received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards in December 2020, and has been recognized as "Amplifying Asian Women Voices" on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month in May 2020. In 2018, her and her husband’s business, US VetWealth, was named Best Entrepreneur Start Up Company Awardee by the San Diego Business Journal & The Rosie Network.

Jen’s been featured on multiple media outlets including VeteranCrowd Network, It’s a Military Life, What We’re Not Talking About, Crisis of Culture, Filipina On the Rise, 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.

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.

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.