Keynote Speaker: Lt. Col. (Ret) Justin Constantine
Veteran, Attorney, Leadership Consultant
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 as a civil affairs team leader 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. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon for his service.
Upon recovering from his injuries, Constantine continued to serve in the Federal government in a number of attorney positions, including the Department of Justice, Capitol Hill and most recently with the FBI on a counter terrorism team. He was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and also recently completed the Master of Laws (LLM) program at Georgetown University.
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. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wounded Warrior Project, Give An Hour, and SemperMax. In 2011 the Secretary of Defense appointed Constantine to serve on a 4-year Congressionally-mandated Task Force for Recovering Warriors. The Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Constantine’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors in 2012.
Most recently, Constantine was awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award recognizing his outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. He has been named a Champion of Change by the White House, and was presented with the All-American Hero Award at the 2013 All-American Inaugural Ball.
Constantine is a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in connection with their Hiring Our Heroes campaign, and works with a number of corporations on their veteran hiring initiatives. He has been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Fox News, Men’s Health, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Financial Times, and the Department of Labor’s America’s Heroes at Work Success Stories.