FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) - A United States Marine who was shot in the head by a sniper while serving in Iraq is at Fort Sill this week speaking about leadership.
On a hot October day in 2006 in Iraq, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine said his life changed forever.
"I was injured while I was there, I was shot in the head by a sniper. Thanks to an amazing Navy Corpsman and a number of other military medical personnel, they saved my life," Constantine said.
Constantine said he was presumed dead on the scene but those with him refused to let him die, saving his life. He said he spent several years continuing to fight, with it being seven years before he was even able to eat solid food on his own. But now, he's doing well and wants to give back by speaking to people across the country about his story of resiliency and the importance of veterans.
"Some of us are injured, most of us aren't. I had a successful recovery to go into PTSD counseling and rehab. I spent a lot of time on it. I want the public to know what we've gone through is incredible, we have a lot of lessons we can share with the public and I think America has a lot to learn from our veterans," Constantine said.
Constantine also speaks about leadership and said he hopes those who see him will leave better than they came in.
"I talk about three main points and that is that you're stronger than you think you are, teamwork is critical for success and it's OK to ask for help and lean others for support. Those are my three main points and I hope they take one, two or three of those and think of how it applies to their private life, whether it's at home with their family here at work or in their community groups, church or wherever it is," Constantine said.
Constantine gave two speeches Wednesday and will speak again twice on Thursday. If you want more information on Constantine, you can learn more here.