The Full Story
Earl Granville was on his third tour while serving in the US Army Veteran when he was severely wounded in Afghanistan from a roadside bomb. The lone US survivor of the blast in his vehicle, he then started his rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after having his leg amputated. After his recovery, he found himself gaining his independence and gaining a higher education. A week before Christmas in 2010, two years after his injury, he received a phone call that his twin brother, Army SSG Joseph Granville, ended taking his own life. The road to recovery was long after losing Joe. "How do I get this second chance at life, after Joe takes his away?"
After working with a counselor, Earl started to step out of his comfort zone and challenged himself physically. Through this, he found the power of community and purpose while working for charities that help keep former members of the Armed Forces active after their injuries, and understand wounds do not define them, they will define themselves. Through this journey, Earl realized that a healthy mindset starts with an "us" mentality, and at the end of the day, it's the relationships we build with one another through family, friends, your career and charity work, to understand, we never have to carry the weight of adversity by ourselves.
Earl has been featured in many documentaries, guests on a diverse range of podcasts and some literature of telling his story and ideas of battling adversity. He is a recipient of numerous awards such as the 2017 Class of the Junior Chamber International USA TOYA Award for Personal Accomplishment, the 2018 Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution, a 2018 recipient of the US Attorney General Award for Outstanding Volunteer to work with inmates on having a purpose, and 2017 Award for Service under the organization, Operation Enduring Valor.
For his military service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman Badge.