Making a Living, Making a Difference: David Kaiser JDog Junk Removal & Hauling

By Leslie Moore

Making a Living, Making a Difference: David Kaiser JDog Junk Removal & Hauling

“Service has always been important to me,” began David Kaiser. “And I always wanted to fly for the military. My father and uncles fought in WWII, so I grew up hearing all their stories. They all came back safely, and my home was always very patriotic.”

After not making the best grades in high school, David went to work in construction while he figured out what to do with his life. His epiphany came during a fishing trip with his grandfather on a remote lake in Arizona. The fish weren’t biting, so David decided to hike to the top of a nearby mountain. “As soon as I got to the top, a T38, a military training jet, came shooting overhead. I saw both pilots, they kicked in the afterburner and went straight up!”

When he came back down, David asked his grandfather if he had seen the jet. Always David’s role model, he said, “Yes I did…isn’t that what you always wanted to do?” When David answered in the affirmative, he went on to say, “Then why don’t you just do it!”

Soon after that day, David started college and after graduation, enrolled in the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School. This is the same extremely challenging program highlighted in the movie, An Officer and a Gentleman and was run by the Marine Corps. David’s class started with 76 candidates and only 23 graduated and, of course, he was one of the elite. “This program taught me a lot about myself and how I react under pressure,” David told me, remembering.

David served his country as a Navy aviator until his retirement in 2009. During Desert Storm, he flew 46 missions. “We were the nighttime carrier and did the most amount of strikes in Iraq. We flew around the clock until the other carriers and the Air Force got there. But, we were well trained and prepared. Only one aircrew was lost.”

As much as David loves military life, being separated from his family was hard. “I retired from active duty and joined the Reserves so I could spend more time with my wife and our two sons, who are now 20 and 22.” David’s older son graduates this month from Texas A&M and will join the Texas Army National Guard piloting Apache helicopters. Both boys want to make movies as their career and Ethan, the youngest, helps his dad out in his business with marketing videos.

After retirement, David worked for a Defense Contractor for several years, but family brought him to the Grand Strand area. His wife’s mother has lived in the area for 33 years and at age 83, needed family close by. Always looking for a way to be of service and make a living, David found the JDog Franchise and knew this was perfect for him.

This relatively new franchise is only sold to veterans and military families, and while it is a for-profit venture, the goal is to give as many veterans as possible jobs. Currently, statistics show that veterans have the highest unemployment rates of any group in the United States. “I try to hire as many as possible, and right now 100% of my employees are veterans.”

David’s crew will come and clean almost any space, hauling away and disposing of almost everything.  If anything can be repurposed, David will do that also – recycling or donating anything still usable. “I donate a lot to our area’s homeless veterans,” David told me. “I store items at my own expense to help them get started.”  The rest goes to other charities or needs as much as possible. “Right now, we are able to divert about 50% of everything from the landfills.”

“We are a service oriented business based on the military values of  Respect, Integrity and Trust; I am fully licensed and insured, we are drug tested, background checked and covered by workman’s comp…we don’t cut corners” David began. “You go through your stuff, tag what you want removed, and we take care of the rest – and we perform all the labor and leave everything clean and swept.” The crew of seasoned veterans will also do small demolitions at your home and limited moving. JDog does commercial work as well, keeping construction sites clean and eliminating the need for unsightly, overflowing dumpsters.

“Just call us,” David told me as we finished our conversation.  “Our prices are reasonable and you can be assured the job will be done well…the military way with Respect, Integrity and Trust!”

Contact David at JDog by calling 843-314-1954, find them on Facebook @JDogMyrtleBeach or visit jdogjunkremoval.com/franchising/myrtle-beach.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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4 Responses to “Making a Living, Making a Difference: David Kaiser JDog Junk Removal & Hauling”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    Leslie, what a champion David is. His heart is in the right place, and he certainly makes a difference int his world. Kudos to him.

  2. Alice says:

    Thank you David for your service to our Nation and to your family!

  3. Erika Hoffman says:

    It’s always fascinating the different paths one takes and how one thing leads to another. I have a great deal of admiration for folks who voluntarily join the military. I also have a great deal of respect for folks who help veterans.

  4. Rose Ann says:

    I’m so happy to read an out-of-uniform success story guided by the integrity and experience of military service.

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