Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his second year of law school at the University of Denver. While on active duty, Constantine served as a judge advocate specializing in criminal law and was stationed both in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton, California, where he worked as a defense counsel and criminal prosecutor.
Constantine left active duty in 2004. As a Marine reservist, he volunteered for deployment to Iraq in 2006 and served in the Al-Anbar Province as a team leader of a group of Marines performing civil affairs work while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, Constantine was shot in the head by a sniper. Although the original prognosis was he had been killed in action, Constantine survived. Through teamwork and a positive mental attitude, he had a successful recovery. Constantine was awarded the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon for his service.
Constantine cites finding Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) was one of the good things that came from his injury. As a WWP Alumnus, Constantine was awarded the George C. Lang Award for remarkable courage and service to his fellow warriors in May 2011. That same year, he joined the WWP board of directors.
In 2007, Constantine began working with the U.S. Department of Justice and in 2008 was invited to serve as counsel for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Constantine was accepted into the fellowship program of the Truman National Security Project in 2009 and was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Following this, he was accepted into the LLM Program at Georgetown University and completed his Master of Laws degree in 2014.
Between 2011 and 2013, Constantine worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a counterterrorism team. It was during this time he started The Constantine Group, an inspirational speaking business, where he tours the country speaking to corporate, military, and educational audiences on the key topics that have affected his life – leadership, overcoming adversity, teamwork, and the power within us all.
He spends much of his spare time assisting a number of veteran service organizations on wounded service member activities, including fundraising and raising awareness around veterans issues. Constantine also served on a four-year, congressionally mandated task force for recovering warriors, which provides an annual report to the Department of Defense.
Based on his remarkable recovery and continued advocacy for veterans, Constantine received the Commitment to Service Award from the Give An Hour Foundation in 2012. He has also received significant recognition and awards from the White House, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Washington Redskins, James Madison University, and the Tri-State Troopers Fund. In 2014, Constantine was awarded the Lincoln Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a veteran in providing aid and opportunities to other veterans.
Constantine has also been featured in magazines and programs, including Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, James Madison University’s Madison Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times, and the Department of Labor’s “America’s Heroes at Work Success Stories.”