2018 Featured Guest Speaker: SSG Earl Granville

Feb 23, 2018 Uncategorized

by rock5168

Operation Ward 57, the Honor & Courage Program and Rock & Rally For The Troops are extremely honored to announce our 2018 featured guest speaker – SSG (Ret) Earl Granville.

Earl Granville is a nine year veteran under the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an infantryman. During his time in the service, Granville served in support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In the summer of 2008 while on a patrol in Zormat, Afghanistan, his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb which resulted in the amputation of his left leg through the knee. His comrades, Specialist Derek Holland of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania and Major Scott Hagerty of Stillwater, Oklahoma were killed in action. After his injury, Earl found himself competing in many sports as an adaptive athlete such as Mono-ski, Sled Hockey, GoRuck endurance Challenges and Spartan Races. He is a Team Member for the veteran runned and owned non-profit Operation Enduring Warrior, and is the President of Partnerships of the veteran found apparel line, Oscar Mike, which keeps disabled veterans continuing to live an active lifestyle. After his injury, he has competed in the Boston, Detroit, Chicago, New York and Marine Corps Marathon all on a hand bicycle, has ran the 2017 Boston Marathon, has ran two half marathons alongside OEW, is a finisher of the 2016 & 2017 Bataan Death Memorial March, and has completed the 60 hour endurance event, the Spartan Agoge. Earl also speaks publicly about the importance of finding help in battling mental adversity after the passing of his twin brother, Staff Sergeant Joseph Granville, who took his own life December of 2010 while still on Active Duty. Earl is enrolled at the University of Scranton for Counseling & Human Services. Earl has been featured on the TV series, Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge on NBC. He was awarded the JCI TOYA Award for Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment, Class of 2017 and voices Brandon on the comedy animated series, Discharged, which focuses on the struggles our veterans may face when they leave active duty. He medically retired from the army holding the rank of Staff Sergeant earning some military awards such as the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart. To learn more: https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleEarl/

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