Jaymes grew up in Warren, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an infantryman. During his eight years with the division, he spent 3 years fighting in Afghanistan as a Machine Gunner, and Squad Leader. Upon returning to Ohio at the age of 26, Jaymes was bothered by the portrayal of Combat Veterans in the media. Through education, writing, and public speaking, Jaymes now spends time speaking across the country while partnering with veteran organizations to help veterans find their own peace after war.