Four years ago in Iraq, Justin Constantine took a bullet in his head that tore through his face.
But the life-changing event, which involved numerous surgeries, was just the beginning of Constantine’s story: Once he got settled at home, the former Marine, now 40, and his wife, Dahlia, started a business, with a $20,000 loan guaranteed through the Small Business Administration.
“That financing was really critical,” said Constantine, who was helped with what’s called an SBA Patriot Express loan for his T-shirt company Iraq and Back. The two-person operation is close to paying back the loan and is in the process of developing sales representatives to reach out to individual military units.
Also, as part of Constantine’s T-shirt company, customers can buy shirts for $10 for wounded soldiers, which are sent to the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio. The purchase is a tax-deductible contribution.