We had the good fortune of connecting with Corey Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corey, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When deciding to start Veteran Elite Transitions, which is a nonprofit centered around helping veterans with the process of transitioning from the military back to civilian life, I kept remembering the various obstacles that I encountered during my transition. I was going through the process alone without any guidance. It was confusing and unsettling because I needed to figure out what I was doing quickly because I still had a family counting on me for support. At that moment I decided that I never wanted to see a fellow solider attempt to tackle the transitioning process alone. There are many different aspects to transitioning that many soldiers are not prepared for when they decide to end their military career. We want to change that narrative.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from others is my integrity and dedication to helping others. Despite that answer may be cliche, it’s the truth. My integrity forces me to constantly do what is right and helping others renders the ultimate reward. I have learned that saying nice things to people isn’t enough. You have to show people that you genuinely care about their well-being in-order to gain their trust. Soldiers do not easily trust people. It is not in our nature. The military teaches us to constantly be on alert. “The enemy is always lurking and planning an attack”. Civilians don’t think this way and this is one reason that veterans are sometimes misunderstood. It is hard for people to relate to things that are uncommon to them or out of their nature. The veteran community is one of the most under served communities, mainly because despite all the organizations that aim to help them, they don’t fully understand their needs. This is to no fault of their own, but simply a disconnect due to lack of understanding the obstacles that veterans encounter. Many of the obstacles stems from veterans mental health but I understand these obstacles because I have encountered some of my own as well as have had buddies that dealt with them as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
All my friends love guns and physical activities, so obviously we would hit a gun range first. No particular gun range at the moment mainly because I plan to open my own in a couple years. I would also take them bike riding on the Atlanta Belt line because it’s a great way to see the city. We also love to eat and there is no better place to get food than my mom’s house. She is the best cook I know and she loves hosting. I would take them for drinks at a few of the roof top bars as well, but most of the trip we would hang at my place because we don’t like large crowds.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have an amazing support system. There have been a tremendous amount of obstacles that I have encountered in life but despite it all my support system has been never failing. I thank God for the people that he has surrounded me with and for all the life lessons my parents taught me growing up. I am the youngest of 5 and I had to learn to stand up for myself at an early age. As a young solider Sergeant First Class Pittman taught me a happy soldier is a working solider. which means as long as you have a goal in mind that you are working towards, that path ensures that you are fulfilled as a person. It also means that treating people with kindness and respect gets you further in life. My brothers in arms taught me patience and my VET’s team is driving me to constantly push limits I’ve never dreamed of to ensure the success of our mission. Last but certainly not least I have to shout out my wife and children for their unwavering support of my goals and passions. My wife and I own several companies together and I wouldn’t have made it this far without her prayers and encouragement. She is my rock, and I thank god daily for choosing her to be my wife.