Motivational speaker Earl Granville speaks with students at Boonsboro High

BOONSBORO – A former military infantryman who lost part of his leg in battle and now talks to people about dealing with adversity recently spoke to students at Boonsboro High School.

Earl Granville addressed the students in two sessions at the school on November 12, the day after Veterans Day. The tour was organized by the school and American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro.

Granville had spent two weeks at a training camp in Fort Benning with his twin brother, Joe, when the September 11 terrorist attacks took place. He then served nine years in the Army National Guard as an infantryman, with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his website,

During his last tour, Granville lost part of his leg to a roadside bomb. He also lost two other colleagues.

His brother Joe committed suicide while on active duty in 2010.

Granville is now a motivational speaker who teaches healthy ways to fight adversity. It presents listeners with the tools they need to “redefine” their minds and prepare them for positive life changes.

The local American Legion post and school hold discussions for students around Veterans Day each year, said Kermit Beard, 1st vice-commander of District 7 of the Western Maryland region of the American Legion.

Some of the school’s teachers are veterans, Beard said.

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