Tactical Nannys: NYC military veterans offered child-care jobs after nanny accused of murders

Posted at 7:15 PM, Feb 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-04 19:18:21-05

It wasn’t long ago that a memorable picture of a nanny and two children was splashed across every TV screen. The story? An Upper West Side nanny accused of slaying two children under her care.

Jonathan Gilliam, a former Navy SEAL, says it was that horrific case that lead to his idea of making homes safer, by thinking about retired female veterans in a new light.

“Nobody ever thinks about using them as nannys,” Gilliam said.

And with that sentence, an idea was born just three months ago. A new company known as “Tactical Nanny” was created out of a division of the United States Continued Service Organization.

“It’s the children we are protecting and the veterans we are giving jobs to,” he said.

The 43-year-old former lieutenant believes because of their training, the veterans are the best fit to protect children while also performing nanny duties.

But some people may be concerned because of the rising issue of suicide in the military, along with high percentages of post traumatic stress disorder. Though Gilliam says he’s already thought about that.

“We’re going to screen heavily,” he says. “We’re going to have a psychologist interview the females as well as the families.”