Joey Jones | U.S. Marine Corps EOD Staff Sergeant (Ret.)

Joey Jones

U.S. Marine Corps EOD Staff Sergeant (Ret.)

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Combat-wounded Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny "Joey" Jones turned a traumatic, life-changing disability into a personal mission to improve the lives of all veterans and share the life-changing perspective and gratitude he found in his recovery. Jones is a contributor across all FOX News Media platforms, including FNC, FOX Business Network (FBN) and FOX Nation. He is a fill-in host for several hit shows including the Fox and Friends franchise, The Five and the primetime show Fox News Tonight. 

Jones' easy rapport with and genuine concern for people of all walks of life has led to a long list of speaking opportunities. His message focuses on overcoming adversity, finding a positive perspective in dire situations, leaning on those around you, and finding strength in yourself and your community. Rather it be on live television, in writing, or speaking to a live audience, Joey's genuine demeanor, thoughtful approach and innate humor allow him to masterfully connect with people on a gamut of issues. He simply believes we all need the opportunity to remind ourselves what we’re capable of overcoming, the value we bring to others and the necessity to build strong relationships with our teams, family, and community. 

Known to his friends as 'Triple J,' Jones was raised in Dalton, Georgia and enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school.  During his eight years of service, he worked as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb) Technician, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan on separate tours.  During his last deployment to Afghanistan, Jones’ team rendered safe and destroyed more than 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along with thousands of pounds of other unknown bulk explosives. It was during that tour on August 6, 2010, when he stepped on and initiated an IED, resulting in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right forearm and both wrists. He recovered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Determined to make the road to recovery easier for his fellow wounded veterans, Jones founded a peer visit program at Walter Reed, providing opportunities for others recovering to mentor and encourage newly injured patients. His dedication and relentlessness led to an unprecedented year-long fellowship on Capitol Hill with the House of Representatives Veterans' Affairs Committee. His work resulted in the creation of an annual fellowship for a wounded Marine. 

During his recovery, Jones took classes on campus at Walter Reed. After regaining full physical independence in July 2011, just ten months after his injury, Jones sought the best possible education and enrolled at Georgetown University. He completed his education in May 2014. His time at Georgetown fostered relationships and efforts that are still changing the lives of veteran students on campus today.

After losing his childhood best friend to PTSD-related suicide in 2012, Jones decided to make veterans’ issues a key part his professional work. Throughout his post-service career, he has carefully fostered relationships with key players in politics and media in an effort to keep those issues at the forefront of discussion. He has shared his experiences and insights on the challenges facing active duty and retired service members at the White House with then President Obama and former President George W. Bush. He has also visited with multiple cabinet officials and military generals; and still enjoys a close personal and working relationship with current Marine Corps leaders. He remains active in politics as an advocate on veteran and military issues.  

Jones’ deployment, injury and subsequent recovery were documented on ABC Nightline and CBS Evening News. His family’s colorful past as moonshiners and race car drivers was featured in the premiere episode of the hit series “Religion of Sports”. On the big screen, Jones has a speaking role in the Academy Award-winning film "Lincoln," he appeared in the independent film, "Range 15" and was a technical advisor for the independent film "Bad Hurt."

Jones’ first book, which made the New York Times best-selling list “Unbroken Bonds of Battle” was released on June 27, 2023. This book offers deep insight into the relationships and events that forged Jones’ outlook on life. Jones’ does so by interviewing 10 heroes who each played an important part in his life and recovery, as well as their own story. You’ll find gold star family members, childhood best friends, professional athletes, politicians, and wounded warriors all with an enlightening take on how to get through hardships. 

Prior to joining FOX News, Jones helped design and pilot a Warrior Week military transition program as the senior advisor to military programming at Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground. 

Jones currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national nonprofit Boot Campaign, which serves the health and wellness of the veteran community through a pipeline of treatment resources.

Jones resides near Newnan, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, with his wife Meg, his son Joseph, their daughter Margo and two dogs Chief and Tucker. 

In his spare time, Jones is a novice woodworker, an avid hunter, and dedicated college football and Atlanta Braves fan. Go Dawgs, and God Bless America! 


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Much of what we go through in life is out of our control. But that does not mean we do not have control. For example, it wasn’t my choice to lose my legs in combat, but how I responded was completely up to me. My perspective could’ve been that of a victim, self-loathsome over what I had lost, and void of motivation to regain and semblance of independence. However, the other option was to see each day as an opportunity to win. If losing my legs was the worst day of my life then every day after that had to be better, more healed, stronger, less pain, closer to recovery and closer to standing again on prosthetics.

We are all late for something we don’t want to be late to - a meeting, a flight, attending church, having dinner, or going to a game. When we’re stuck in traffic and we see the clock running against us, and it feels like we have no control, we have a choice – an important one. We can focus on the seconds passing by, imagine the heartache and frustration, embarrassment, and expense, of what will come once we arrive. Or maybe we take a breath. tune our speakers to our favorite song, adjust the A/C to our favorite temperature, and use that opportunity to recognize the worst thing about our lives, in that moment, is that we must be entertained and comfortable longer than we meant to be. That’s perspective. Circumstances are the same, but the journey and even outcome are up to us. 

Overcoming Adversity

Adversity is a constant. Seemingly as reliable as the morning sun. Look around; the weather, sickness, jobs, accidents… things break, things change, people in our lives disappoint us, we disappoint others. Most of the human experience is navigating adversity we didn’t intend to happen or plan. But each time we are met with difficulty something amazing happens, we survive. We don’t just survive, we get stronger, more equipped, better prepared, more resilient. We gain wisdom, experience, and sometimes even the ability to enjoy the struggle knowing we can get through it. For me adversity started early, I was raised poor, hard work and little reward was a constant in the single-wide trailer home of my hardworking brick mason father and house cleaner mother. No expense came easy, and no sick days were free. But through that adversity came love, appreciation void of entitlement and an intimate understanding of the value of hard work.

I lost my legs at 24 years old. I was in peak physical condition and given state of the art medical treatment. Yet, folks look at me in awe as I stand on prosthetics and travel the country independently, usually with a genuine smile, and say “I don’t know how you stay so positive after you lost your legs.” To which I sometimes respond, “Well don’t ever get negative, since you have yours.” The point here is that one aspect of adversity doesn’t get to define us. Yes, I lost my legs, but I haven’t had cancer, I haven’t filed bankruptcy, lost a child, gone through a divorce. But all those things are present in this room, and all of you are here today with the opportunity to celebrate, work, give, love. You have all gone through every type of adversity life has thrown at you, and here you are. Remember what you are capable of, remember how you got here. 


I think perhaps our greatest gift in life is our responsibility we have to others. When little else motivates us, we still owe our time and effort to others. People we love and work with are relying on us to do what perhaps only we can do. Our Responsibility helps us see our relevance and place in this world, our community, church, family, or team. Responsibility is a gift. To be responsible for something is to matter.

When I was injured in 2010, I had a 1-year son I had met once. I was a brother, a son, I had just reconnected with my high school sweetheart who’s now my wife. It was my son’s choice to have a dad with amputated legs. But he still needed it. I was still responsible for throwing a ball, changing diapers, taking him to the park, and teaching him to drive. These things were going to be difficult for me, but I had the gift, the blessing of being the one responsible for teaching him these things. My responsibility to him reminded me how needed I was, how important I was and how service through sacrifice doesn’t just happen on a battlefield. It happens in all our lives, daily. 


Leadership is often seen as a binary, you either lead or follow. That couldn’t be the furthest from the truth. We lead one another in a gamut of ways every day. In the military, we even have a term for it, “Lead from the bottom” meaning every Marine, no matter their rank or position has the opportunity to do the right thing, make the tough choices, be consistent in their approach and lead by example. Good leaders don’t always make the right decisions, but they also don’t create doubt in their peers and subordinates about why they make the decisions they make. Leadership isn’t about simply knowing a specific mission; it’s about knowing the people working with you on it. We inspire one another to work harder, be more disciplined and accomplish the task by being genuine in our own effort, consistent in our diligence and fair in our assessments. Leadership isn’t steering the boat, it's inspiring the rowers to row, the riggers to rig and the navigators to plot and stay on course.

My dad was a brick and block mason. He wasn’t an educated man, but he was good at his trade. Manual labor is an occupation of the rough and tumble, but, paid well and treated people with respect. Two laborers who worked for him were all but vagrants in society. They weren’t much younger than him but respected him.   They showed up for work on Monday and worked hard until Friday. The weekends were usually filled with antics, but they kept themselves out of jail (most of the time) because they knew their job was necessary to the team. He explained it to me once as I was washing my truck and asked him why he put up with them and their bad habits. He said, “Son, why bust the rust if you won’t polish the chrome? Why focus on the bad if you’re not going to acknowledge the good? Sure, they aren’t upstanding citizens, and they may never learn more than what they’re doing now. But if I invest in what they do best, I bet they’ll be a little better all around, and everyone has something worth bragging on and investing in. You just must show it to them sometimes.” 

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