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Through the 11 of Us project, WNPR and CPBN's Institute for Advanced Media are sharing eleven personal stories from veterans and those in their community.In the series, veterans talk about their service and what it means to be a veteran.CPBN is hosting a clothing drive for veterans and their families in Connecticut. Bring new clothing with tags still attached, or gift cards for the purchase of new clothing, to CPBN at 1049 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, attention Mike Komrosky. The drive ends November 17.11 of Us is made possible by Victory Energy Solutions and New England Conservation Services.

After Loss, Army Veteran Finds Purpose

"Guys, if I could just tell you anything, there is light at the end of that tunnel."<br><em>Earl Granville</em>

In the days leading up to Veterans Day, WNPR brings you stories from veterans and those in their community.

Adaptive athlete Earl Granville joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with his twin brother. He was medically retired from the Army after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008.

"My leg was amputated from the knee down," Granville said. "I remember laying on the ground and thinking to myself, What the heck’s going to happen to me now? I could see the toll it was taking on my twin brother, Joe. I didn't realize how serious it was at the time. It just ended up expanding into something much more than any of us even thought at the time, to be honest with you.

"December of 2010, Joe took his own life. After he passed away I started myself going into this little downward spiral. And, you know, I thought to myself, Would he be proud of me right now in the way I’m acting? And so that was my motivation, just to do stuff. Not just to help myself, but in the long run, it grew into helping others, dealing with the mental demons that I was facing. And the dilemma my brother had before he passed away.

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"Guys, if I could just tell you anything, there is light at the end of that tunnel. You just have to find it. We all have a purpose in life. Even after the military. There’s so many things out there, so many new goals to reach, so many passions to find. Believe me."

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
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