Veterans advocate Joey Jones reflected Sunday on Sen. John McCain's impact on the military on "Fox & Friends."

Jones is a retired Marine Corps bomb technician who lost both of his legs in a 2010 IED explosion.

He said Sunday that no one has seen triumph and defeat in the military like McCain had.

McCain died Saturday night at the age of 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.


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Jones said that McCain's military legacy showed him that war does not have to "steal you of your will for tomorrow."

"It might take pieces of your body, but it doesn't have to take pieces of your soul," he said.

Sen. McCain was a Vietnam War veteran who survived five years as a prisoner of war.

He was diagnosed last July with a brain tumor following a procedure earlier in the year to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

His family released a statement on Friday saying the senator would discontinue medical treatment for his cancer.

Jones said that he was fortunate to have met McCain at a 2011 PTSD fundraising event, even though he didn't take a photo with him.

"That's very symbolic," he said. "I don't need a picture with someone that I have memory like that with."

By having a positive perspective on life, it’s one way that Jones said he can honor McCain's life and legacy.

"There's a difference between surviving and thriving, and Sen. McCain showed me that the latter is much more fun and much more fulfilling."

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