Jeff Brailey is a retired career soldier who served 20 years as a medic in the U.S. Army. He served as public affairs specialist to Army units to which he was assigned from 1972 to 1988. Since his retirement 24 years ago from the armed forces, he has served as a child protective services specialist in Guadalupe County, Texas, and as a safety officer on oil drilling rigs and construction barges in the Gulf of Mexico, Bahrain and off the coast of Nigeria, West Africa. Jeff also has been the chief operating officer of a skilled home health agency, women’s health boutique and medical clinic, advertising copywriter for a large automobile dealership, evidence photographer for a company that provides security to companies with labor problems, and telemarketer.
He also was a homeless derelict for almost six years. This was not an experiment to obtain color for a news story, Jeff was the genuine article. In 2004, he overcame a gambling addiction and in 2005, began working as a safety consultant in Nigeria, West Africa. He is the only person he knows who went from living on the streets to earning a six-figure income in a period of less than two years.
Despite the roller coaster quality of his life, Jeff Brailey has always been a writer. He has been a stringer for more than 20 years, his news and feature stories appearing in nearly a dozen newspapers, including the Sunday Oklahoman, Lawton Constitution, and Panama Star Herald in Panama City, Panama. In 1999, while homeless, he penned a monthly column for the San Antonio Express-News. He also wrote a weekly Sunday column for the Anderson (IN) Herald Bulletin from 2008 to 2009.