Navy SEAL, Humanitarian to Speak
LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 17, 2013 – A former Navy SEAL who has devoted his post-military life to humanitarian work will speak at Virginia Military Institute on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Eric Greitins, author of The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, will speak in the Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall at 7:45 p.m. He will sign copies of his book afterward.
A native of Missouri, Greitins attended Duke University. After being selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford, where he earned both master’s and doctoral degrees.
During his time as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer, Greitins was deployed four times during the war on terrorism. His decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
In 2007, Greitins used his combat pay from Iraq to start The Mission Continues, an organization that challenges veterans to give back to their communities. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Bosnia.
Greitins’ talk is free and open to the public.