Episode #26: Justin Constantine – Marine Shot in the Head by Enemy Sniper becomes Inspirational Speaker

Ep 26 Justin Constantine

Ep 26 Justin Constantine

Justin Constantine retired from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel after 16 years of active and reserve service.  He volunteered for his deployment to Iraq in 2006, excited to lead other Marines and help rebuild that war-torn part of the world.

While on a routine combat patrol, an enemy sniper shot Justin in the head, causing catastrophic damage, destroying his jaws and much of his face. Thanks to the heroic efforts of a young Navy Corpsman, and his own warrior spirit, Justin is still alive today.  Since his injury, Justin has continued to lead from the front and serve as a role model to other Wounded Warriors.

Justin is an entrepreneur, published author and member of the National Speaker’s Association. After his injuries, Justin was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and is now pursuing an advanced law degree at Georgetown University.  In 2011, the Wounded Warrior Project presented Justin with their prestigious annual George C. Lang Courage Award, and he now sits on their Board of Directors.  In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed legislation commemorating his commitment to Wounded Warrior and other veterans. He is also the recipient of the Commitment to Service Award from Give An Hour, and is a member of their Board of Directors as well.  The Secretary of Defense appointed Justin to a 4-year Congressionally-mandated task force for recovering warriors, and he has been invited to the White House on several occasions.

Through his journey of courage, injury, resilience and triumph, Justin demonstrates that we are all stronger than we think we are.  His personal story of recovery and success is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and the message he shares applies to all of us.

Additional Info:

justinconstantine.com – Justin’s website

Courage In America – Justin’s Book

Joseph Crane

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  1. Naomi Hattaway on January 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Thank you Joe for this podcast. Justin, thank you for so candidly sharing your story and your vision and desire to assist veterans on their path to entrepreneurship. I was introduced to you and your story from Rob Menefee here in Virginia and hope to one day learn how I can help with your efforts! Thank you both for your service.

    • Joe on February 24, 2015 at 3:14 AM

      Thank for the comment Naomi and thanks for listening. I’ll pass it along to Justin. – Semper Fi

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