Director of Military Programming
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. Joey is Camp Southern Ground's Director of Military Programming and also regularly appears as an outspoken, yet insightful military analyst on many TV News networks.
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. On August 6, 2010 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.
Jones’ dedication and relentlessness as an advocate for his fellow wounded 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 and personal invitations to dine with Presidents Obama and Bush (43). After graduating from Georgetown University Joey served as the Chief Operating Officer of the national military nonprofit Boot Campaign before joining the Southern Ground team as a spokesperson and military liaison and later Director of Military Programming for camp's Warrior Week transition program.