When you talk about role models and American Heroes, you don’t have to look much further then Bestselling Author, Rhodes Scholar, and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens. With his NY Times Bestselling Memoir released last year titled “The Heart And The Fist”, Eric became a nationally known name with appearances on TV, Radio, and a widely in demand motivational speaker. But, it is his work with his organization “The Mission Continues”, students in schools across the country, and his unique transition from humanitarian to one of America’s protectors that truly define who he is a hero. His new book “The Warrior’s Heart” takes a more youthful look into his transformation into the role model he is today by exploring his career, life, and challenges that help formulate this incredible person and public servant.
Eric served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. He served as the Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, and as Commander of an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2005, he was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow, and in 2011 the Association of the United States Navy named him the Navy Reserve Junior Line Officer of the Year. His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
After returning from Iraq in 2007, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. As CEO, Eric has been recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in America. The Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship recognized him as one of the five leading social entrepreneurs in America. Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine named Eric an “All-Star Among Us”, the National Conference on Citizenship named him its “Citizen Soldier of the Year”, and in 2008 the President personally presented Eric with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition for his inspiring national leadership.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of the most remarkable people in America, the incredible Eric Greitens in NYC, to talk about his new book “The Warrior’s Heart”, his incredible journey from humanitarian to defender, the wonderful work that he is doing with “The Mission Continues”, the profound impact “The Heart And The Fist” had on my life, and soo much more! What an incredible person to look up to Kade Nation!
Here is Eric Greitens on The Colbert Report about “The Heart And The Fist”