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Navy Seal Veteran Visits TAMIU

By Frank Campos
On March 19, 2014

Texas A&M International University will host Eric Greiten a well-known author, and a veteran who served in our armed forces as a Navy Seal. On Thursday March 20, 2014 at 7pm he will be lecturing In The TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Greiten has written three books entitled The Heart and The Fist, Strength and Compassion, and The Warriors Heart. He will be a part of the Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series presented by TAMIU. Greiten has established himself as a powerful speaker and plans to do a lecture entitled " why it takes the heart and the fist". The event hosted by TAMIU is free and open to the public so that not only will the students get a chance to hear his message but also the Laredo community will be able to benefit from his lecture.

Eric was born and raised in Missouri. He first attended Duke University where he became an Angier B. Duke Scholar studiying philosophy, public policy, and ethics. He then went on to Oxford where he was selected as a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar, and later earned a Masters degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2000. Not only did Eric seek to better himself by getting multiple degrees he also decided to join The United States Navy Seals, a highly powerful, and intelligent group of elite soldiers.

As a Navy Seal Eric deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and South East Asia. Eric served as a commander of multiple special operations units as well as a Commander in an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. His military awards include a purple heart, and the Bronze Star. After returning from his last tour in Iraq Eric donated his entire combat pay to found "The Mission Continues", which challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America.

Eric became the CEO of "The Mission Continues" and was recognized by The Nonprofit Times, National Journal, and outside magazine for being one of the most effective leaders in America. Goldman Sachs has also named him one of the country's most innovative entrepreneurs of 2013. Time Magazine also added them to their list of 100 most influential people in the world of 2013

Greitens organization ¨ The Mission Continues¨ helps veterans find purpose after they have served their country proudly. Most of the veterans that participate in this organization find purpose by offering their service to their community. By finding a sense of purpose outside the military they are able to become leaders and many go back to school to finish their studies.

If you would like to learn more about this great mission and meet a true hero we invite you to attend the Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by TAMIU on Thursday March 20th at 7 pm . You can learn more about Mr. Greiten by visiting his website at

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