Operation Enduring Warrior
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, Major Scott Hagerty of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Specialist Derek Holland of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania 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 run and owned nonprofit Operation Enduring Warrior, and the lead ambassador of the Veteran founded clothing line, Oscar Mike. Since his injury, he has competed in the Boston, Detroit, Chicago, New York and Marine Corps Marathon all on a hand bicycle, has run two half marathons alongside OEW, is a finisher of the 2016 Bataan Death Memorial March, and has completed the Spartan Agoge – a 60 hour endurance event.
Earl travels across the country speaking to Service Members and Veterans about the importance of finding help for mental distress 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. He medically retired from the Army holding the rank of Staff Sergeant earning Military awards such as the Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart.