Justin Constantine, Veteran
Recognizing outstanding achievement and excellence by a veteran in providing aid and opportunities to other veterans
Despite a gunshot wound to the head in Iraq in 2006, Justin Constantine has made outstanding contributions to veterans and wounded warriors through his fundraising, leadership, advocacy, community outreach, peer mentoring, and speaking and media appearances.
Over the last eight years, Constantine has helped raise over $200,000 for veteran-related non-profit organizations, including Give An Hour and the Wounded Warrior Project, among others. Through his regular public speaking engagements, Constantine works to reduce the stigma of PTSD and raise awareness of the myriad issues facing wounded warriors and their families. Constantine’s articles and television appearances have helped shape our nation’s views of veterans and their challenges.
From 2009-2011, Constantine served as Counsel with the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, significantly influencing legislation affecting the veteran community. In 2011 the White House named him a Military Veteran Champion of Change, and the Secretary of Defense appointed him to a Congressionally-mandated Task Force for Recovering Warriors. In 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting his continued support of veterans and wounded warriors. Constantine has also spoken alongside members of Congress to help ensure passage of the groundbreaking Excellence in Mental Health Act.
Constantine currently leads a team at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focusing on employment opportunities for recovering warriors and caregivers, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wounded Warrior Project, Give An Hour, and Sempermax.