Tucson Festival of Books

Gregory Gadson


Colonel Gregory Gadson (Ret.) was grievously wounded in an IED attack in Iraq in 2007 while he and his unit were returning from a service for two fallen soldiers. He subsequently lost both legs and severely injured his right arm, and, in the course of his rehabilitation and recovery, he became a source of inspiration and motivation for other war-wounded at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Due to his longtime connection with West Point as a football player there, and his friendship with the coach of the then-struggling NY Giants in 2007, Gadson soon became a motivational co-coach and spiritual guide, helping the team go from nearly last place to Superbowl Champions in 2008. Gadson subsequently starred in a major Hollywood movie, "Battleship," and has been an admired motivational speaker and coach for numerous organizations both civilian and military, for several years now.

An avid outdoorsman and enthusiast of skiing, cycling and deep-sea fishing, he has led numerous adventure-travel expeditions for wounded veterans. In his honor, in October, 2022, the new veterans center at Wayne State University was named the Colonel Gregory Gadson Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence. When not traveling around the country as a motivational speaker, Gadson enjoys time at home in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, children and grandchildren, and he continues to pursue his acting career and his love of photography.

"Finding Waypoints: A Warrior's Journey Toward Peace and Purpose" is his book with Terese Schlachter. 

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Communities: African American, Person with a Disability, Military Veteran


Scheduled events:
Pushing Through
If it sounds like a life made for the movies .. it is. Losing both legs in Iraq in 2007, Col. Greg Gadson found new purpose in life by mentoring a struggling NFL team to a Super Bowl championship. He has starred in a major motion picture, become a motivational speaker and supported countless veterans in their roads to recovery. He and his co-author, Terese Schlacter, will share his awe-inspiring story.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Gregory Gadson, Terese Schlachter
Moderator: Tim Kish

Book:
Finding Waypoints
A Warrior's Journey Toward Peace and Purpose
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
SCHAFFNER Press
November 2023
ISBN 9781639640249
320 pages