Our Executive Director

Staff Sergeant John P. Jones was born March 12, 1977 and was raised in Enid, OK. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1995, and underwent recruit training at MCRD San Diego. He completed recruit training and was assigned to SOI west at Camp Pendleton, CA where he was assigned the MOS of 0331 Machine Gunner. After completion of his MOS School, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Company “G” Weapons Platoon, where he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan in 1996. Upon completion of his tour with 2/7, he then transferred to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Company “C” in 1997 where he deployed again to Okinawa, Japan in 1999 and held security for the G‐8 Summit. He then transferred to Marine Corps Security Forces Training Company where he was a Cadre Instructor Trainer, Non‐Lethal Weapons Instructor Trainer, and Close Quarters Battle Instructor trainer. During his time at MCSF he participated in many security operations abroad.

In 2002, Staff Sergeant Jones was transferred to Bahrain where he participated in Operations Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom I. He then transferred to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Company “C” again and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom II in August 2004. During his deployment, SSgt Jones was severely injured when his hummer ran over a double‐stacked anti‐tank mine on January 3, 2005. SSgt Jones underwent 40+ surgeries at NNMC Bethesda, MD attempting to save his legs. As a result of his injuries, SSgt Jones lost both legs below the knees. SSgt Jones transferred down to BAMC San Antonio, TX where he rehabilitated his legs and gradually began the process of walking again with prosthesis. In 2005, he joined 4th Reconnaissance Battalion where he was assigned as the Operations and Training SNCOIC. SSgt Jones medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2007, putting in a total of 12 years of service and obtaining every MOS in the Infantry.

Shortly after retirement, John began training fellow wounded servicemen and women with the F.A.T.S. System (Fire Arms Training Simulator) at the Center for the Intrepid, Brook Army Medical Facility. John saw the need to help transitioning service members make the change from military service to the civilian careers.  He was the First graduate of Wall Street Warfighters who trained and placed injured service members into meaningful jobs on Wall Street.  SSgt Jones became the Executive Director for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation in 2009.  In 2012 John accepted a job as a Major Gifts Development Officer with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Devoting his efforts and time to provide scholarships for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen. He then took a position as Executive Director of Development for Workshops for Warriors devoted to train, educate, and place transitioning service members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Dependents in the advanced manufacturing industry. John joined as the Chief Director of Development with Americas Warrior Partnership in 2021 to help with ending veteran’s suicide. John is now proud to be the Executive Director of VBC Giving Foundation, where the mission of calling a place home can be a reality not just a dream.

SSgt John P. Jones’ personal decorations include: Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with V, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, and three Good Conduct Medals. SSgt John P. Jones’ non‐personal decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon.