Retired Marine and Amputee Joey Jones Talks About Working with Zac Brown’s Camp for Kids

April 17, 2017 | Updated: 11:42 a.m., April 17, 2017

Now retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Johnny "Joey" Jones is working to spread the word about a camp for kids with "all abilities."

Camp Southern Ground is country music singer Zac Brown's passion project. The 400-acre retreat located in central Georgia is for kids ages 7 to 17 and is a welcome place for all kinds of children.

The camp's website describes it like this:

"Nine weeks out of the year Camp Southern Ground will host campers, bringing together children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning and attention issues such as ADHD, and Dyslexia, social or emotional challenges, and typical needs or mainstream children. We have a commitment to specifically support the inclusion of military children as a vital part of our camper population."

As Camp Southern Ground's spokesman, Joey Jones knows what it's like to overcome challenges. In 2010, while serving in the Marine Corps as a bomb technician tasked with disarming and destroying IEDs, Joey stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs above the knee. He also suffered severe damage to an arm and both wrists.

During the next few years recovering, Joey formed a peer visit program providing opportunities for others recovering to mentor and encourage newly-injured patients. He also took classes and earned his bachelor's degree.

Now he's using his inspiring drive to bring kids of all different abilities and experiences together.

"The point of the camp is to build confidence in these kids," Joey Jones told Eye Opener's Oliver Tull. "We want to put these kids together, put them through our programming, teach them to be healthier, and teach them to appreciate each other."


At Camp Southern Ground, kids are challenged with obstacle courses, high ropes courses, and get to learn about eating healthy while working with the camp's own organic farm.

You can find out more about Camp Southern Ground for yourself by going to their website.

Joey is a familiar face on TV with regular appearances as a military analyst on Fox News. You can also catch his inspirational podcast, "Blown Away with JJJ."