Born and raised in Las Vegas, Carey served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He is a two-time recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal and a five-time recipient of the Good Conduct Metal. He has also been awarded the Admirals Cup for Customer Service. Likewise, he formerly served as President of the Second-Class Petty Officer Association.
After his military career ended, Carey spent several years managing and supervising properties, followed by facilities. Unable to resist the call of the beach, in 2019 Carey settled in Myrtle Beach hoping to pursue his enjoyment of sailing, camping and fishing. Additionally, he enjoys working on old cars.