An Interview With Retired Army Ranger Edward Graham

By   •   November 11, 2020   •   Topics:

Edward Graham standing with Franklin Graham and Cissie Graham Lynch
Edward Graham served in eight combat deployments within special operations forces and recently left the military to serve alongside his father, Franklin Graham, at Samaritan’s Purse. His sister, Cissie Graham Lynch, interviewed him in her latest podcast episode.

As we celebrate the men and women who have served in the military this Veterans Day, Cissie Graham Lynch turns the mic over to her brother, retired Army ranger Edward Graham, on the latest episode of her Fearless podcast.

Cissie Graham Lynch has three older brothers: Will Graham, Roy Graham and Edward Graham. As the youngest of the three, Edward Graham graduated from West Point in 2003, two years after 9/11.

“I knew I was going to combat, but I couldn’t wait,” he said, thinking back to graduation. “This is what I had trained for. This is what God had prepared me my whole life for. I had a mission and a purpose, and I was going to lead men in combat.”

>>Listen to the full podcast with Edward Graham

Edward Graham served in the Army for 16 years before taking a position at Samaritan’s Purse with his father, Franklin Graham, in 2018.

Edward Graham standing with Cissie Graham Lynch
Edward Graham grew up watching John Wayne movies and going to Army surplus stores. He realized, though, that the uniform is not his greatest identity.

During an interview with his sister, he took a moment to reflect on what Veterans Day means for those who have served in the military, and how his faith in Christ affects his identity and mission.

“Even though I’m not in the military anymore, I still want to serve this country,” he said. “I love it, I’m proud of it, I’ll still fight for it.”

While Edward Graham misses his military family, he said there’s an instant connection when he meets others who have served, regardless of what branch they served in.

During the Fearless episode, he encourages other veterans that even out of the military, they can use the skills God has given them.

“As I look at my fellow vets, we’re not done. Our service isn’t over. We still have great work to do, and our country needs us.”

If you, too, are a veteran, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Hear more from Edward Graham in this episode of Fearless.