Wichita veteran builds business and community

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

PART 1

Barshey Bryant wasn't born in Kansas, but he got here as soon as he could.

"Wichita helped my family grow. it's a great environment," said Bryant.

After he left the military and his post at Fort Reilly, it was his commitment to his brethren in arms that helped him launch his thriving business, Jersey's Elite Cleaning.

"I had $1,500 bucks. I went to Craigslist and found a company that folded. I met with a gentleman who had all the equipment, but he wanted $8, 000 for all the equipment. I found out he's a veteran. At that time I started working at the VA so I said let's see if I can help him with all the military services. I connected him with the right people and he gave me all the equipment and supplies for that $1,500. And he delivered it!"

In fact, his military devotion is ingrained into his business from his logo...

"I thought about military tradition. I was thinking about the stars and stripes. I was thinking about my bros and sisters in arms close to ground."

To many of his proudest hires...

"We do employee a lot of veterans, Elidra is a veteran of the united state air force. Joe is a son of an Army veteran."

Even his children are expected to pitch in to learn about hard work from their Army dad.

"It's family oriented, teaching work ethic. One day I'm going to be old and gray and they can take it over!"

But through his growth and success, he never forgets from where the most important lessons in business came.

"The United States Army taught me so much. They taught me never give up. I don't give up on anything in life, no matter what situation, just don't give up. If you can dream it you can achieve it."

PART 2

For Barshey Bryant, his calling to serve didn't stop at the front lines.

"It's important to give back to the community and to different organizations." 

This Army veteran with deployments in Korea and Iraq came home after an IED exploded which left left scars and but strengthening his character.

"The United States Army taught me so much. They taught me never give up. I don't give up on anything in life, no matter what situation, just don't give up," Bryant said.

That can do attitude is the driver behind his 100% veteran owned business, Jersey's Elite Cleaning. It gives him the ability to not only employ fellow veterans, but help guide them through post military struggles.

"We do a lot of work with the local VA, service organizations, Patriot Riders. I talk to a lot of Vietnam vets, OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Iraq War. We just want to bridge the gap. You're not alone. I've had a lot of years of counseling. You're not alone, we're a team."

Even local children get a helping hand from this community warrior.

"Where's my son Trey? He works with a camp called Mr. Handles. We sponsor the event. I just want to give back."

For Bryant, his drive to succeed involves more than growing a business, it's supporting the state that's welcomed him and his family with open arms.

"Every time my family comes from east coast and west coast, they're like 'why are you still in Kansas"', I say, love Kansas. It's my home."


If you know a veteran or the family of veterans in need, Bryant encourages you to call 1-800-824-1000.

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