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Dec 18, 2018

Josh Costner grew up in a military/government family, spending the first several years of life in the San Fransisco bay area, then moving frequently across the country with his family, as his father's duty stations changed.

While the family environment was very ideal and loving, his parents split when he was in his late teens, with he and his siblings staying with his mother.

Living conditions dropped to poverty levels quickly due to his mother's nervous breakdowns. He joined to Army soon after. 

He trained at Ft. Benning Georgia and went on to serve under outstanding leadership with the Engineers at other duty stations.

In early 2003 he was deployed to Iraq, having the great honor to be serving alongside Sappers, Airborne Infantry, Rangers, and other outstanding soldiers.

In mid-2003 he sustained injuries to the right shoulder and was shipped back to Ft. Hood Texas, where he underwent 9 months of physical therapy, eventually being medically discharged under honorable conditions. 

Leaving the Army in 2004, he struggled with heavy drinking for a few years, as an unhealthy coping mechanism.

Eventually, he sought help with the VA's counseling program and pushed through to overcome his alcohol dependence, He went on to study Emergency Management at Arkansas State University, and has dedicated his life to extensive study in the field of disaster mitigation under FEMA.

He is preparing to publish a book on the subject of mitigation awareness, as well as launching a disaster prevention consulting firm in early 2019.

jncostner.com 

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