Josh Callihan was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in northern Idaho around the Coeur d’Alene area. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served as an infantryman in the 1st Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division from 1998 to 2001. Corporal Callihan received a medical retirement from the Marine Corps after a gunshot wound left him partially paralyzed and unable to continue military service. After many months of rehabilitation Josh was able to walk again, and earned himself a position on the staff of the US House Appropriations Committee working for the late Chairman, Congressman C.W. ‘Bill’ Young from Florida. Josh credits his success and recovery to the mentorship of Congressman Young and his family. After leaving DC, Josh accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Spokane, WA where he served homeless veterans and later worked for Congressmen C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter and Bill Sali of Idaho before taking an instructor position with a private training firm specializing in hostage survival.
Currently Josh is serving as a Health System Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, doing strategic planning and public affairs work for the Boise VA Medical Center since 2009. Josh is an avid snowmobiler and angler who enjoys giving back to his fellow comrades by organizing recreational trips for disabled veterans. Josh lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife Emily and daughters Mary Reagan and Frances Catherine.