Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies, Social and Public Policy, Georgetown University

Joey was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia where following high school, he attended a few classes at Dalton State College before deciding to join the U.S. Marine Corps. After attending boot camp, he was then assigned to the USS Rushmore for sea service in 2006 and later served in combat as a machine gunner in 2007 and 2008 in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.  After his deployment to Iraq, Joey requested and was approved for a lateral move into the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialty, and in 2010 he deployed to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan with his unit. While there, Joey disarmed over 85 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and disposed of several thousands of pounds of unknown bulk explosives.

In August 2010, not long after his arrival, Joey’s deployment ended abruptly when he stepped on an IED that caused him to lose both of his legs above the knee. The explosion also caused severe damage to his right forearm and left wrist. Following a medical evacuation, Joey underwent several months of recovery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda MD and later learned to use prosthetics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Joey graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and social and public policy in 2014. He was accepted to Sentinels of Freedom in 2012 and was provided financial support and mentorship during his undergraduate studies. During his time in DC, Joey would frequent Capital Hill and use his expertise to work with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs issues assisting with direct policy changes within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Following graduation, Joey worked as the Chief Operation Officer of the Boot Campaign and helped develop a Warrior Week military transition program as the senior advisor at singer Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground. Joey is currently a Fox News Contributor providing analysis and opinions on military veterans’ services across all of Fox News’ platforms. He is also the owner of his own company, JJJ Consulting. Joey currently resides in Georgia with his wife, Meg, and their daughter. He also proudly co-parents his son from a previous marriage.


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