Many veterans who return home from duty apply their military skills and passion to benefit local veterans. Austin Jackson, retired United States Air Force officer, combined his leadership experience as a supervisor of special air operations and his first-hand experience as a VA patient to open a BrightStar Care in-home healthcare franchise serving Wilson and Sumner counties.
In honor of Jackson's service, the national home care franchise recently donated $10,000 to support patient-focused programs at the Tennessee Valley Veterans Affairs. The contribution will be divided between VA support programs for post-9/11 veterans, hospice, caregiver support, women's health and transplants.
"As a veteran and former patient of the VA, it's an honor for me to show that the BrightStar Care brand and franchisees across the country are committed to providing the highest quality assistance to our nation's vets, seniors and their families," Jackson said. "We understand the challenges the VA faces in order to take care of the absolute tidal wave of veterans' needs, and BrightStar Care is dedicated to serving as a trusted partner in their support system."
Before opening a BrightStar Care, Jackson served as an officer and combat systems officer in the U.S. Air Force from 2004 until 2014. Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, East Africa and several smaller theaters, Jackson supervised more than 100 junior and senior officers, directed at $600,000 operations budget, scheduled 300 aviators over a five-continent area of responsibility, served as a demonstration officer for the office of foreign military sales and, most recently, supervised special air operations in East Africa.