Retired Army Colonel Greg Gadson has been a part of our HOPE family for a while, now serving in an advisory capacity for our leadership team. As an actor and motivational speaker, he has been a source of inspiration for not just us but also people around the country who have listened to him speak.
Before joining the Army, Gadson attended West Point, where he played football before graduating in 1989. After graduation, he began his 20 years of service as a soldier. While serving overseas in Iraq in 2007, he was injured by a roadside bomb, resulting in the loss of both of his legs and a severe injury to his right arm.
Despite his injuries, Greg didn’t allow himself to be limited. He let his experience strengthen his resilience, and became the motivational speaker he is today, inspiring people across the nation.
Greg came to HOPE after meeting our CEO Robin Kelleher in Alexandria, VA and striking up a friendship. That friendship turned into a mentorship, as he has helped us better understand the needs and challenges of our injured warriors and how we can better serve them. Today, he continues to be a part of our family by attending HOPE events and advocating for our programs and services.
Shares Robin, “Greg is teaching the world that living in a wheelchair doesn’t have to be disabling. He believes that his injuries don’t limit what he can achieve, and we want all of our clients to see a world as big and as hopeful as he does.”