Mortuary NCO Justin Jordan, at 19 years old, left the beautiful town of Henderson, KY, and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
During his 20 years of service, he held a variety of different jobs – everything from Cook to Combat Readiness Instructor. His most taxing job, however, would be when he was assigned as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Mortuary Affairs.
For nearly six years he spent his time performing human remains inspections, uniforming the deceased, organizing military escorts, arranging for burial with honors, and consoling grieving families. Justin also managed Combat Mortuary Operations at two separate deployed locations.
In late 2012, Justin decided to share his story in the book, “And Then I Cried, Stories of a Mortuary NCO.” His hope was the story could help others struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
He is also an accomplished artist and his works can be seen hanging on the walls of the Pentagon in the Healing Arts Display.
In 2013 Justin was Medically Retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service. After retirement Justin continued his advocacy and worked with The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program where he managed the Ambassador Program. He was responsible for teaching seriously injured or ill Airmen how to tell and share their stories of recovery with audiences worldwide. During his tenure there, he trained over 55 Warriors and briefed over 30,000 Airmen ranging from Airman to Four Star General.
Justin now works at Warriors Heart, the country’s only dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center that works exclusively with Military, Veterans and First Responders suffering from chemical dependency and psychological injuries such as PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Justin has been featured on CMTs “I Love Kellie Pickler” and has been a guest on over 200 radio shows nationwide. In 2015, he was awarded the American Solider Networks Hero Service Award for his work helping veterans in need.
Justin has only one wish – if his work inspires you, do something about it, live beyond PTSD, live with purpose, and find your voice.
Salute to Heroes Service Gala with Justin Jordan
Team Manager, 2017 US Invictus Team, Branch Chief, Warrior Care Support
It is indeed my pleasure to endorse Justin Jordan, he is a polished speaker with a unique ability to target his message to a particular audience. He embodies integrity, service before self and excellence.
Founder and President, American Soldier Network
With the presence of a giant and the voice of authority NCO Airforce (Retired) Justin Jordan commands an audience with the word hello, yet this proven speaker keeps the audience with his story, his passion and his heart heard in his delivery every time he is behind the podium. Justin has found a niche in the speaking arena he raises awareness about PTS by sharing his journey. His message is one of encouragement, hope and challenging everyone to be better in their own walk.
Gaylor NCO Academy
Justin Jordan tells his story in a way that not only engages the listener but it inspires them as well. He brought lessons to life and put a face to the “why” we do what we do in the military.
I've had the distinct honor of knowing Justin Jordan for several years and have come to consider him family. He's a dedicated family man and huge Veteran supporter. Justin's story will tear at your heart hearing what's he's experienced at home and abroad. His book gives a detailed account of those experiences. A true Patriot with a heart as big as Texas. Justin has dedicated his life to helping Veterans get a new lease on life. He's a brother I love.
I first met Justin Jordan when I attended the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program's Ambassador training, led by Justin his authenticity and ability to communicate via the spoken word encouraged us to believe in our own ability to tell our stories without getting caught up in the emotion and memories. While I have a fair amount of experience telling my own story to a variety of audiences, I learned much from my Ambassador training experience and working with Justin to further shape and share my story to audiences big and small. Justin's own personal story is a powerful one, and he also has authored a book about his experience battling PTSD. I've read it, and it further drives home the power of the message of Justin's personal experience and his commitment to leveraging it to help others. Justin is an amazing Wounded Warrior, his ability to effectively adapt his story to various audiences, as an author, speaker and teacher, coupled with his compassion and dedication to helping others find the power of healing in telling their own story, makes him the perfect choice for your group.