LTC E. A. (Buddy) Grantham - Commander, Texas State Guard 8th Regiment


LTC E. A. (Buddy) Grantham - Commander, Texas State Guard 8th Regiment

Board Member and Audit Chair
 “Buddy” Grantham

Lieutenant Colonel E.A. "Buddy" Grantham assumed command of the Houston based 8th Regiment of the Texas State Guard from outgoing Colonel John Carpenter. The change of command ceremony took place at the National Guard Armory in Houston, Texas.

The 8th, the largest of the Army Component’s six regiments, encompasses 33 Counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. LTC Grantham, a resident of Houston and retired United States Army Officer, commands units based in Houston, Bryan, Huntsville, Nacogdoches and Beaumont. These units and their highly trained soldiers work with local emergency management personnel to protect citizens of the state of Texas during times of natural or manmade disasters.

The Mission of the Texas State Guard is to provide highly trained soldiers for Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), by providing ready military forces during State Declared Emergencies, to assist State and local authorities in homeland security, community service and with medical services.

Buddy founded the Veterans Affairs Office for the City of Houston where the office assists Houston in becoming the best city in the nation through unparalleled service to our serving military, veterans, and their families.   He chaired the Returning Veterans’ Intiiative for then Mayor Bill White and developed a services oriented office geared to serve veterans of the United States Armed Forces to ensure that neither they, their dependents, nor survivors are denied access to the entitlements promised them by a grateful nation.  They also assist veterans and returning service members by connecting them with services and benefits at Federal, State and City agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.

Currently Buddy is the Senior Vice President of Sunland Group, Inc. where he focuses on project management and business development.  Buddy works with senior management to explore opportunities to add value to our partnering businesses and customers and provides insight on current and future company operational opportunities.

Buddy has been involved with Helping a Hero since its inception and has served on the Board and Advisory Board in various capacities.

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