DICKSON CITY — We talked with a retired national guardsman about the dangers of post-traumatic stress disorder in light of the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.
Staff Sergeant Earl Granville not only lost a leg in Afghansitan, he lost his twin brother who was also in the military to suicide.
Earl Granville is planning to participate in the upcoming Boston Marathon to raise money for a wounded veterans organization.
Newswatch 16 caught up with him at a fundraiser for his team.
People packed into Texas Roadhouse in Dickson City as folks waited for a table.
Diners were not only there for good food but for a good cause as well.
Ten percent of sales were going to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans who are running in the Boston Marathon.
Retired Army National Guardsman Staff Sergeant Earl Granville is on that team.
The Carbondale native lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2008.
“It takes away that feeling of defeat I think, in case anybody has that emotion like you`re not letting your disability get you down, you`re not letting your combat wounds get you down,” said SSG Earl Granville (ret.), PA Army National Guard.
“They sacrifice so much for all of us, for our country, and I think it`s just really important for them to understand that people do care,” said Deb Speding of Scott Township.
Granville said members of military are injured mentally as well.
His twin brother, SSG Joseph Granville, committed suicide.
In light of the Fort Hood shooting, Granville urges anyone suffering to seek support.
“No matter what challenges you have in life you can overcome them, and whether it could be hand-biking the Boston Marathon or sitting down with a counselor to talk about your demons you have going on in your head,” said SSG Granville (ret.).
Cadets from West Point stopped in for dinner on their way to central Pennsylvania.
They were thrilled to stumble on the fundraiser for such a worthy cause.
“Any soldier sacrifices a lot, they sacrifice time with their family, with their friends, we`re talking about a wounded warrior who gave one of the most ultimate sacrifices so it`s really great to see support for him,” said Jenna Bercolline, West Point cadet.
Granville shares the story of his brother’s suicide during resiliency training for soldiers hoping he can help others.