Justin Constantine

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Justin Constantine
Justin Constantine, Iraq veteran.jpg
Died5 May 2022 (2022-05-06)[citation needed]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1997–2013
RankLieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsIraq War
  • Purple Heart
  • Meritorius Service Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon
Alma mater
Other workInspirational speaker

Justin Constantine (died 5 May 2022)[1] was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps and an attorney. While deployed to Iraq as a Civil Affairs officer attached to a Marine infantry battalion for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head, from which he recovered. He then went on to be an inspirational speaker and executive at a firm that helps veterans find jobs.


Constantine was a former Marine[2] and attorney who worked as an inspirational speaker and leadership consultant and served as a liaison between the corporate and military communities.[3] He was most recentlly the chief business development officer at JobPath, a tech firm that helps with veteran recruitment and retention.[4] He served on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project,[5] PsychArmor,[6] the U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce,[7] and SemperMax.[8] He also served on the Military Advisory Council for First Data[9] and was a brand ambassador for JDog Junk Removal[10] and USA Cares.[11] In 2015, Constantine co-founded the Veteran Success Resource Group,[12] a military nonprofit aimed at supporting veterans in their transition to the private sector. Constantine was also one of the wounded warriors painted by former President George W. Bush in his book "Portraits of Courage".[13]

Military career

Constantine joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997 during his second year of law school at the University of Denver. While on active duty, he served as a Judge Advocate specializing in criminal law and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and Camp Pendleton, California.[14] He left active duty in 2004 but volunteered as a reservist for deployment to Iraq in 2006, performing civil affairs work while serving as a team leader in Al-Anbar Province.[15] After recovering from his injury, Constantine stayed in the Marine Corps Reserve until he medically retired in 2013 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.[16]


On October 18, 2006, Constantine was on a routine patrol in the Al-Anbar Province. He had just stepped out of his Humvee to warn a journalist about a sniper working in the area when the sniper shot his left ear. Assisted by Lieutenant Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers, Navy Corpsman George Grant performed an emergency tracheotomy on Constantine, and then Corporal Buhler risked his life driving over 70 mph to get Constantine to an aid station.[17] Constantine recovered at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with the help of his future wife, Dahlia.[18] As a result of his injuries, Constantine could not see out of his left eye, was missing most of his teeth and the end of his tongue, and could not speak with perfect clarity.[19] He also could not run because doctors removed bones from his legs to use in reconstructing his upper and lower jaws.[20] His first surgery was 19 hours long and he's since had two dozen reconstructive surgeries.[21]

Post-injury career

After recovering from his injuries, Constantine worked with the Department of Justice.[22] From 2009 to 2011, Constantine served as counsel for the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.[23] He then served as assistant general counsel for the national security law branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2011 to 2013.[24] In 2012, he started The Constantine Group, originally focusing on inspirational and motivational speaking. The company now also provides a variety of IT services.[25] In 2014 Justin cofounded the Non Profit Veteran Success Resource Group with Scott Davidson and created the Veteran and Military Spouse Networking and Resource Event called "Bourbiz" which has served thousands of Veterans/Military spouses. In 2015, he gave a lecture entitled "You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are" at TEDxBeaconStreet[26] and published "My Battlefield, Your Office; Leadership Lessons From the Front Lines," a leadership book focusing on mid-level managers in the private sector.[27] In 2018, the Society for Human Resource Management published Justin's second book, "From ‘We Will’ to ‘At Will’: A Handbook for Veteran Hiring, Transitioning, and Thriving in the Workplace."[28]


Constantine received the George C. Lang Award for Courage from the Wounded Warrior Project in 2011[29] and the Commitment to Service Award from Give an Hour in 2012.[30] He received the inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award[31] for his outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to his nation's veterans and military families. He has also been named a Champion of Change by the White House,[32] and was presented with the All-American Hero Award at the 2013 All-American Inaugural Ball.[33] In 2012, the Virginia state legislature passed a joint resolution highlighting Constantine's work for veterans.[34] In 2017, he received the Henry Viscardi Achievement Award[35] for shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities; the Veterans Advantage HeroVet award for significantly contributing to the veteran community though ongoing service and leadership;[36] GI Go Fund's Annual Veteran of the Year Award;[37] and VetHack's Annual Battle of Fallujah Award. In 2018, Justin received the Veteran Owned Business of the Year Award from The American Legion, Department of New Jersey.[38]


  1. ^ Decorated war hero Justin Constantine dies; a nation mourns
  2. ^ Constantine, Justin. "Wounded in Iraq: A Marine's Story." The Atlantic. September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Constantine, Justin. "How Companies Can Hire More Veterans." TIME. July 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Who We Are | United Way's JobPath". hfuw.yourjobpath.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  5. ^ "Justin Constantine". www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". PsychArmor Institute. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors – USVCC | U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  8. ^ "Board Members - sempermax.org". www.sempermax.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  9. ^ "NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly to Join First Data's Military Advisory Council". First Data. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  10. ^ "NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly to Join First Data's Military Advisory Council". First Data. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  11. ^ "Justin Constantine / USACares". usacares.org. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. ^ "Senior Leadership - Veteran Success Resource Group". veteransuccessgroup.org. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  13. ^ Scott, Andrea (2017-08-07). "Wounded Marine Painted by George W. Bush". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  14. ^ Kerrigan, Michael J. "Justin Constantine Biosketch." The Character Building Project.
  15. ^ "Justin Constantine." Champions of Change, The White House.
  16. ^ "Wounded Marine featured in new 'Portraits of Courage' book". Greensburg Daily News. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  17. ^ PRICE, JAY. "Marines face perils in Anbar province". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  18. ^ Keirn, Andrew S. "True Strength." American Veteran. Spring 2014.
  19. ^ "Justin Constantine". Justin Constantine. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  20. ^ "Justin Constantine". Justin Constantine. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  21. ^ Harkins, Gina (2017-08-07). "How to approach wounded warriors, a Marine vet's tips". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  22. ^ "Justin Constantine". trumanproject.org. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  23. ^ "Justin Constantine, Veteran." The Lincoln Awards.
  24. ^ "Leadership Author & Speaker - About - Justin Constantine". www.justinconstantine.com. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  25. ^ "Recent Appearances & Clients - Justin Constantine". www.justinconstantine.com. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  26. ^ TEDx Talks (2015-12-02), You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are | Justin Constantine | TEDxBeaconStreet, retrieved 2017-02-16
  27. ^ "Home - My Battlefield, Your Office". My Battlefield, Your Office. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  28. ^ "From WE WILL to AT WILL: A Handbook for Veteran Hiring, Transitioning, and Thriving in the Workplace - Recruiting - Staffing Management - HR Topics - Books & Resources | SHRM Store". store.shrm.org. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  29. ^ "About the Award." Archived 2015-07-13 at the Wayback Machine Wounded Warrior Project.
  30. ^ Give an Hour "Justin Constantine, Executive Board. Archived 2015-07-12 at the Wayback Machine 2013.
  31. ^ The Lincoln Awards "The Lincoln Awards | Justin Constantine. 2014.
  32. ^ Champions of Change "Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America". 2014.
  33. ^ "All American Inaugural Ball." US Vets.tv. January 19, 2013.
  34. ^ "House Joint Resolution No. 211." Virginia General Assembly. Agreed to January 26, 2012.
  35. ^ Viscardi Center https://www.viscardicenter.org/2017-henry-viscardi-achievement-awards/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  36. ^ "HeroVet: Justin Constantine, Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Fellow Veterans". Veterans Advantage. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  37. ^ gigo.org https://gigo.org/news/gi-go-fund-honors-marine-veteran-justin-constantine-and-community-leaders-during-veterans-networking-gala/index.html. Retrieved 2019-03-22. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  38. ^ "13th Veterans Business Conference - Speakers". Contract Opportunities Center | El Paso PTAC. Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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