Middleburg resident and Marine veteran Rob Jones was honored with Fox Nation’s Most Valuable Patriot award Nov. 6 in St. Petersburg, Florida, for his service and for running 31 marathons in 31 days to raise money for charities supporting wounded warriors.
Jones was presented the award at the Mahaffey Theatre as part of Fox Nation’s first Patriot Awards to kick-off the streaming service’s month of celebrating American Patriots.
It will air on the Fox News Channel Nov. 24 at 10 p.m.
Jones announced in July that he is running as a Republican for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton holds the seat after being elected in November 2018.
Jones is a native of Loudoun County, growing up in Lovettsville and graduating from Loudoun Valley High School in 2003. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007.
During his junior year at Virginia Tech, Jones joined the Marine Corps Reserve as a combat engineer stationed in Roanoke.
He was deployed to Iraq in 2008, and he went to Afghanistan in 2010, where he was tasked with plotting safe routes through areas suspected of containing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to his campaign website. In Afghanistan he stepped on an IED in Taliban territory that resulted in double above-knee amputations. He was honorably discharged in 2011.
Proceeds from the Patriot Awards will go to the nonprofit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to families of military servicemen and those disabled while on active duty.
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