Decorated SEAL wows Chamber

Published 9:40 pm Thursday, April 23, 2015

Erica Redman, Lt. Jason Redman and Stephanie Grubbs, Redman’s business partner, pose for a photo

Erica Redman, Lt. Jason Redman and Stephanie Grubbs, Redman’s business partner, pose for a photo

Nearly 150 business and community leaders were in attendance to hear Lt. Jason Redman address the business community at the Chamber’s Leadership Series in Norfolk on April 21.

Redman delivered an inspirational speech on how to overcome your own obstacles and how he prevailed over his. He also shared his journey with the Navy SEALs, Wounded Warrior, and his notable company, Wounded Wear.

Redman spent 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer.

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On Sept. 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Redman’s assault team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire, and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight.

While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the US Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.

Redman is the author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader,” which details lessons learned in leadership and overcoming adversity throughout his Navy SEAL career, his service in Afghanistan and Iraq and his personal journey with his wife Erica and their three children. Redman retired from the Navy in 2013 and founded Wounded Wear, a nonprofit organization that supports combat-wounded warriors and families of the fallen.

In 2014 Redman founded SOF Spoken, a speaking company that focuses on leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity for businesses, first responders, sports teams and government organizations.