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"He's our Hero": Dalton Marine wounded in Afghanistan

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Joey Jones' parents have their bags packed, ready to fly to Maryland Wednesday to check on their son.

The Dalton Marine was injured in an explosion Friday in Afghanistan. Despite that, right now they say they're blessed.

"It was the voice of an angel. Music to my ears you know," Joyce Jones talked to her son Sergeant Joey Jones Tuesday night. The 24-year-old Marine is in a Maryland hospital, on the road to recovery. He was injured Friday when an improvised explosive device detonated.

"He said, ‘I'm coming home, mama. Well the biggest part of me is…' I know, can't wait to see ya," Joyce adds.

The Southeast High graduate joined the Marines five years ago. His mother says he's driven and determined, and he had his heart set on being an Explosive Ordinance Technician. And that's what he did.

"Oh he's our hero," adds Joseph Jones, Joey's father. "Definitely."

Jones says after the explosion, her son was flown to Germany, then to Maryland where they plan to see him Wednesday. She knows there's concern for the injuries on his right arm, and that Joey lost his legs.

But she says the same drive that carried him through the Marines will carry him through recovery.  "He's a fighter, he's a pusher… and I think he's gonna show, this happen to me, I'm not on my back."

His parents will pack cards of well wishes and pictures of his one-year-old son, Braiden.  Then hop a plane for Maryland. This time Wednesday, they'll be by his side, with pride and gratefulness.

"I give God all the glory for protecting him," Joyce adds.

Friends of the Jones family set up an account for Sgt. Jones. It's through Regions Bank. The family says they'll use the money to make their home and his car wheelchair accessible.

If you'd like to donate to the family's fund, contact the Regions Bank in Dalton, Georgia.

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