Nick Jones, President and Founder of Talons Reach Foundation, is a medically retired Marine Staff Sergeant who served honorably for twelve years.
Raised in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, Nick joined the United States Marine Corps in January of 2010; just one month after his 18th birthday. He completed the School of Infantry and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines as a Mortarman. Nick then joined the Scout Sniper Platoon and in 2012 was deployed to Afghanistan.
In 2013, Nick pursued a career as a Marine Raider. He attended the Marine Special Operations Assessment and Selection Program and was successfully selected and trained in 2014. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Hotel Company, Team 2. During his time, Nick served as an Element Member, Assistant Element Leader, and an Element Leader.
In Nick’s military career, he conducted a total of five deployments, with three deployments being to combat. He has also been recognized multiple times for his service and possesses a Navy Cross, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor, and a Purple Heart.
Following his injuries on March 8th, 2020, Nick underwent six major surgeries in a matter of a year and a half. He made the difficult decision to medically retire from his career in the Marine Corp. Nick currently undergoes numerous treatments and rehabilitations in his journey to recovery.
Residing in Bozeman, Montana, Nick’s journey led him to founding Talons Reach Foundation in 2021. His primary focus and purpose in life is to share his story and assist those like himself in finding their purpose after their Special Operation Forces careers conclude and overcome their struggles in their darkest days.