DALTON, Ga. — Dalton native and retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Johnny “Joey” Jones is scheduled to make his debut as a Fox News contributor on Wednesday during "Fox & Friends." Jones, who has previously been an analyst for Fox, will contribute across all Fox News media platforms, including Fox News, Fox Business Network and Fox Nation, a subscription streaming service, Fox said.
Jones served two combat deployments and eight years of active duty in the Marine Corps. In 2010, he suffered a life-changing injury while deployed in Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. An IED (improvised explosive device) blast cost him both legs below the knees.
"I've worked with Fox as an analyst for a few years now," Jones said. "Over the years, I've built a good relationship with the people there."
Jones said he will likely be taking part in a discussion of the Democratic Party presidential debates.
"It's an ever-changing news cycle, so as soon as I tell you that, things might change," he said.
Fox contributors don't have a set schedule for appearances.
"'Fox & Friends' has been really friendly to me, so I'll probably continue to appear there," Jones said. "But depending on the news cycle, I could show up on any show that needs my analysis. It's flattering that so many shows do want to have me on."
Jones has been an activist for veterans and their families for several years.
"Most recently, Jones designed and piloted a Warrior Week military transition program as the senior adviser to military programming at Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground," according to a Fox News press release. Zac Brown is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist.
Before that, Jones served as the chief operating officer for the national nonprofit Boot Campaign, which "serves the health and wellness of the veteran community through a pipeline of treatment resources," according to the press release. "While recovering, Jones instituted a peer visit program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., following his injuries. Notably, Jones went on to create a fellowship on Capitol Hill with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where his contributions resulted in direct policy changes within the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense."
Jones has discussed the challenges facing both veterans and active-duty military members with then-President Barack Obama as well as former President George W. Bush, former Marine Corps Commandant James Amos, Cabinet officials and congressional leaders.
Raised in Whitfield County, Jones enlisted in the Marine Corps about a year after graduating from high school. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his 2012 discharge from Walter Reed, Jones attended Georgetown University and received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies concentrated in social and public policy..
"If you watch me on Fox, you hear me bring up Dalton and Georgia all the time," he said. "So many of the issues the country is facing right now, I was exposed to firsthand growing up in a town as industrious and as good-hearted as Dalton. The people back in Whitfield County who watch Fox hear me bragging on them all the time."