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UMUC hosts Medal of Honor recipient and author Capt. Florent Groberg

UMUC hosts Medal of Honor recipient and author Capt. Florent Groberg


>>Captain U.S. Army Retired Flo Groberg.>>How y’all doing? [Clapping] Pleasure.>>Medal of Honor Recipient and
author, Captain Flo Groberg, recently appeared at his alma mater, University
of Maryland University College for a discussion and signing for his memoir,
8 Seconds of Courage. In 2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan,
Captain Groberg saved the lives of many in his detail when he tackled a suicide bomber.>>He landed chest first and when he detonated,
the ground, it went forward to the impact and then I got lucky based on it because
I was so close it actually threw me away but what it did is it projected the
ball bearings in one specific direction. You got people looking at you as a hero but in
the end, we all went through the worst moments of our life in that specific moment.>>The book is the story of your journey. Okay. And the eight seconds of courage. Talk a little bit about the process.>>You know it’s something that I never
really thought about and my fiance, Carson — she and I, we were approached
by Tom Saleo. And he talked to me about, you
know, the idea of writing a story and he was just discussing the fact
that, you know, I’m an immigrant and you know really highlighting
the men that didn’t come home.>>President Barack Obama awarded him the
Medal of Honor for his courage in 2016.>>Now what the medal does
present to you is a platform. I kind of saw it as an opportunity
early on where I wanted to make a difference in a
workforce transition piece. You know I want to see more
Veterans to our businesses. I want see more CEOs out there of
major corporations to be Veterans. So I want more, you know,
Veterans to be successful. And I’ve seen what they can do and the way
they think and the way they work together. It’s about hope, in my opinion, and it’s
about giving opportunities to others.>>Thanks for coming out, man.>>Absolutely, it’s a pleasure.>>Flo’s mission will never end. His mission in the Army might have been
slightly different than what it is today but he’ll always be fighting for Veterans.>>Hearing what he’s done for our
community and what he continues to do, he does serve as an inspiration to continue to
give back to those that are giving to the cause.>>Being in the presence of a Medal Honor
winner, that doesn’t happen every day and to hear him talk about the
story and to share his story in such a comfortable way,
it was simply amazing.>>I think sharing my story does help others
because it shows to them that it’s okay to tell you story and you know, speak
about those tough days that you had instead of becoming a coping mechanism,
I was able to express it and talk about it because I wrote it in a book. So I got to talk about it the rest of my life. [ Music ]


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