A Macon veteran is trading in his combat boots for cowboy boots, hoping to help other service men and women.

Growing up in Texas, Jacob Deason remembers stomping the isles of his grandfather's boot store back in the 1970s.

“Since I was a little kid, I used to run around boot stores. When I used to skip school, I would sell boots,” said Deason. “[My grandfather] sold for Acme boots back in the urban cowboy hay-day. He was the guy for that. Then he went into business for himself.”

Almost 40 years later, Deason steps in stride inside a boot store of his own.

“My inspiration was like my dad's garage, someplace that's comfortable but clean and inviting,” said Deason.

But finding his way back to his roots took some digging after receiving his combat boots.

“I was in the Air Force. I served from '97 to 2001,” Deason said.

During that time Deason realized how important it is have a firm stance in combat and in life.

“You got to have boots that meet the standard. Boots are tools and we use them on the job," Deason said. "You wouldn't want to take a flashlight that did not work with you, and you certainly don't want to take a pair a boots on the ground that may not work.”

Now Deason's goal is to help supply boots to service men and women by using the lessons he learned as child and making strides.

Deason said he hopes his four children will help keep up their family tradition of making and selling boots.

Macon Boots is located on Vineville Avenue in Bibb County.