Executive Director

Colonel E.A. “Buddy” Grantham served as the Audit Chair of the Board of Directors for Helping a Hero.org before accepting the position of Executive Director. COL Grantham has been involved with Helping a Hero since its inception and has hit the ground running leading the home program and refining the veteran support programs.

COL Grantham is a native Houstonian, a graduate of Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets, a retired U. S. Army combat officer and is currently serving as a member of the Texas State Guard where he is the Deputy Commander of the Army Component.

COL Grantham began a twenty plus year career in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Officer and then transitioned to the sphere of logistics as a Quartermaster Officer while supporting worldwide missions and projects concerning operations, housing, transportation, fleet management, overall logistics and contracts for military units. In his last position in the Army he was responsible for supporting the Global War on Terrorism by assisting in the planning and coordination of theater level logistical support for the Middle East Theater consisting of Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

Buddy has over 40 years of experience in managing programs, leading projects, developing training, and providing consulting services to improve organizational performance. He is exceptionally experienced in building highly productive teams, effectively organizing projects, managing tasks and building coalitions.

He has been involved at various levels in the planning and executing of operations around the world. He has supervised the planning and execution of budgets, monitored financial reports, developed internal controls, performed statistical analysis, conducted financial audits and presented overviews to executive management. Overseeing housing operations and construction projects, he has prepared cost estimates, developed contracts and monitored contractor performance.

In 2007, Buddy created the City of Houston Office of Veteran Affairs bringing it to National prominence. USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Houston the Best City in America for Veterans to live in 2013. He built collaborations within the community while orchestrating programs to assist veterans, active military and homeless. Buddy coordinated programs and partnerships which resulted in Houston being named the first major city in America to eliminate veteran homelessness in 2014. He also coordinated much of Houston’s Hurricane Ike recovery programs. He orchestrated the City’s temporary and long-term housing efforts for those affected by the Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Ike by providing strategic advice to Citywide organizations involved in recovery operations and leading the disaster housing operations.

Buddy has additionally worked as the Assistant Director of the City of Houston’s Fleet Management Department, Senior Vice President of Sunland Group, LLC and Managing Member of GML Solutions, LLC.
COL Grantham has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Valorous Unit Award for combat operations in Desert Storm, as well as numerous others to include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Army Commendation Medal (six awards), the Texas Outstanding Service Medal and the Texas Humanitarian Service award.

He was one of three individuals singled out when Houston was named the 2005 Texan of the Year, in 2011 the Houston Texans Football Foundations named him a Community Quarterback Finalist and in 2013 the City of Houston presented him a proclamation for E. A. “Buddy” Grantham Day.

Buddy is happily married to Julie his wife of 38 years. They have three children to include an Army officer with a tour to Afghanistan, seven grandchildren and two rescue dogs.

Registrations & Affiliations

Association of the U.S. Army; Life Member, 2nd Vice President Houston Chapter

Disabled American Veterans; Life Member

Military Officers Association of America; Life Member

Texas A&M Corps of Cadet Association

U.S. Army Armor (Order of Saint George) and Quartermaster (Order of Saint Martin) Associations.

Chapel of the Four Chaplains

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member and past Post Commander; currently with VFW Post 8790, Cootie Pup Tent 11 and Texas VFW Motorcycle Group’s Unit 1

Boards and Advisory Committees

Texas Coalition of Veterans Service Organizations

Houston Military Affairs Committee

Lone Star Veterans Association, Founding member

U.S. Army Houston Recruiting Command’s Community Relations Team

Houston Veterans Affairs Hospital Advisory Committee

Ellington Joint Reserve Base Task Force

Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo’s Armed Forces Appreciation Committee; Founding Member and current Ambassador

Harris County Sherriff’s Mental Health Task Force

Housing Houston’s Heroes; Founding member

Houston Community College Veterans Program Board; Founding member where he worked to nurture college programs for veterans, improve the procedures for accepting veterans into HCC, enhance communications between HCC and its’ veteran students and build strong relationships between the student veterans on campus and the greater Houston community particularly with businesses with employment opportunities.

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