Let's show the establishment Arkansas is on the rise.
JODY IS ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, STARTING THUNDER ON THUNDERBIRD FIREWORKS SHOW IN CHEROKEE VILLAGE WITH JACK LOWE.
ADVOCATE AND LITIGATOR, DOING PRO-BONO LEGAL WORK FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE ARKANSANS.
Inspired by 9/11/2001, Jody joined the military and served state-side as a soldier in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 2003-2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the National Defense Medal. In a bitter-sweet turn, his spinal issues came to a head in 2020 when he was forced to get spinal fusion surgery.
Luckily, this spinal fusion surgery was highly successful and Shackelford found he could pass the Army Physical Fitness test. With a heart for service, he applied to join the Army once again in 2021 as a Judge Advocate General Officer. Working with the Arkansas Army National Guard JAG Office at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, he began his candidacy for a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with hopes of a medical waiver. He submitted his packet in December 2021 with a full release for duty from his neurosurgeon, but to his heartbreak he was ultimately deemed to have a non-waiverable condition due to spinal fusion by the National Guard Board.
He remains open to National Guard or Army Reserve JAG service if a waiver is approved because Congressmen can serve in those branches while in office.
The Rocket Shot Target System was invented in Hardy, Arkansas by Jody Shackelford and his grand father, Harry Shackelford. After making it to the third round of Shark Tank selection, the target landed in 3000+ Walmarts, Bass Pro and other retailers. Noted to be the best target ever.
As a young man Jody launched the Spring River Survival Guide Magazine from his kitchen table and printed nearly 100,000 copies before the magazine wrapped production.
The Spring River Chronicle is a large weekly newspaper printing out of Sharp County Arkansas, a newspaper that prints to this day. Jody founded the newspaper in 2011, and made national headlines for his innovative work in the industry.
Jody founded Suit 7 Software Company was founded in late 2013, a company that continues in 2022 to develop quality custom software applications.
After receiving his law degree, Jody launched the Legal Oak Law Firm in 2019, a state-wide general practice law firm with a focus on criminal law, family law, personal injury, and business law.
Jody has spoken at the national and local levels for the University of Arkansas, Pennsylvania Press Association, Rotary, Lions Clubs and Chambers of Commerce.