Earl’s reflection of 9/11 on the 20th anniversary
As a dude who lost a leg in Afghanistan while serving in the Army, I can honestly say how warm and fuzzy I am of the gratitude I’ve been given from society. But to be honest, we can kind of look at it by saying its “part of the job”; not that being wounded is in your contract, what I mean by that is we know the risk when joining the U.S. Armed Forces. Society looks at us as heroes, but, like I said before, in reality, we knew the threats…But don’t get me wrong, I am humble to hear it since in conflicts in the past meaning how our vets in this situation were pushed aside by society, unfortunately.
First responders do have a dangerous job, but, on that fateful day (you know what day I’m talking about), I’m pretty sure terrorist attacks was not in the FDNY training manual. To help your fellow citizens in such an unimaginable threat, just because it’s what us as human beings are suppose to do for one another. 9/11 marks the beginning of the modern warfare of the conflicts we are still in today, these were the first casualties of the Global War on Terror. I honestly feel that some of their recognition has been swept under the rug. Remember to pay your respects on the 20 year anniversary of 9/11.
After becoming an amputee and the passing of his brother Joe, who took his own life while they were serving on active duty back in 2010, Earl Granville now spends most of his time traveling the country as a public speaker.
Sean Corvelle sits down with the veteran, warrior, and motivational speaker, who introduces a better way of being by providing you with the tools you need to redefine your mind to create a space necessary for important positive shifts in your life.
This episode covers Earl’s impactful story, mental health amongst veterans, and the importance of optimism. We are honored to have Earl work with us and be the face for the Infinite Hero Honor Challenge.
Connect with Earl on social:
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A LOOK INSIDE THE EPISODE:
Coming up next week, we have a powerful podcast episode with Earl Granville, the new host and face of the Infinite Hero Honor Challenge. As a veteran, warrior, and motivational speaker, Earl introduces a better way of being, providing you with the tools you need to redefine your mind so that you can create a space necessary for important positive shifts in your life. After becoming an amputee and the passing of his brother Joe, who took his own life while they were serving on active duty back in 2010, Earl now spends most of his time traveling the country as a public speaker.
“It’s my honor [to host the Infinite Hero Honor Challenge]. I appreciate this opportunity. If anything, I just want to show people that it’s everything you heard me say before [during the podcast]. In the military, it’s a huge community. A lot of people when they get out, I think society focuses every time when it comes to a veteran who may be struggling mentally, we always go to post-traumatic distress, and post-traumatic distress is definitely real, but not every veteran who is struggling mentally is focused on post-traumatic distress. In my line of work, I see a lot of people, it is that community, being a part of something bigger than themselves. They miss that, it’s those three Ps [Purpose, Passion, a Part of something bigger than yourself], you had all of that when you wore your uniform- that uniform is now off. It’s time to refill those voids once again. If anything, as we move forward with this, I can just show these people the struggle you may face running that Tough Mudder. Oh, absolutely it’s going to suck, but I gotta tell you something, if it didn’t suck, everyone would be doing it. So feel accomplished at the end, man. Feel accomplished. Not just you, but the people you ran it with.” – Earl Granville
Tune into our No Excuses Podcast, Wednesday July 21st, to hear Earl’s story.
Each year, numerous U.S. veterans die by suicide. Tough Mudder has teamed up with the Infinite Hero Foundation for the Infinite Hero Honor Challenge to help stop the cycle. This fall, in four corners of America, 200 of our toughest will form an unbreakable unit to take on a 10-hour endurance survival challenge, raising critical funds to support veteram care and mental health programs.
Read more about the Infinite Hero Honor Foundation here.