From the jungle waterways of Vietnam where he was injured, to the forward operating bases of Iraq, Dave Roever shares his inspiring story of triumph over tragedy.
Roever will speak at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June13, at the First Assembly of God Church, 110 Trinity Lane.
In July 1969, while serving as a Brown Water Black Beret with the U. S. Navy in Vietnam, Dave Roever was severely burned when a white phosphorus grenade exploded in his hand. He was thought to be dead. But due to his faith in God and the faithful love of his wife, Brenda, Roever survived, undergoing numerous surgeries at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Barely having left the hospital, Roever began his speaking career in Texas, and from there has traveled all over the U.S.A. and to many nations. As he shares his riveting story with pathos and humor, listeners laugh as they cry, and find hope again to overcome their own tragedies.
In a moving ceremony on Nov. 1, 2003, 34 years after his initial injury in Vietnam, Roever was awarded the Purple Heart as well as other service medals.
Today Roever is a multi-generational speaker in many venues, including public schools; business, youth and men’s conventions; churches; television shows; and military installations all over the world.
Roever speaks to public school students, sharing the story of his life, addressing the problems of low self-esteem, substance abuse, violence, etc., and encourages a healthy life style. Adults he meets today frequently say they have never forgotten the impact on their lives when they heard him in high school.
Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Roever’s work with the United States military has expanded significantly. His work includes military academies, hospitals, and installations both on U.S. soil and in hot spots on other continents. He has taken encouragement to U.S. forces in Baghdad, Balad, Tikrit and all over northern Iraq, and in seven Persian Gulf nations surrounding Iraq. He completed a European military tour including NATO and SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium; numerous U.S. Army posts in Germany, Italy and Kosovo; and gave hope to wounded troops at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, near Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. He does pre-holiday tours; speaks for reintegration training for soldiers just returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes for the same troops he was with in the war zones; inspires during wounded warrior retreats; and does marriage enrichment training for troops and spouses ready to deploy or redeploy. Dave Roever connects in a profound way, instilling hope for the future.
And now, weaving together all the aspects of his amazing life, Dave and his wife, Brenda, have co-founded Eagles Summit Ranch — Colorado, near Westcliffe, where Dave, Brenda, and team train today’s wounded warriors, others from the U.S. military, and talented young leaders in areas of specific focus such as public speaking, and marital and emotional recovery after devastating injury, helping them to fulfill their destinies. Mr. Roever’s passion to help others never stops’– development of the second Eagles Summit Ranch — Texas, has begun, west of San Antonio.
Thousands have been uplifted by his remarkable story. You are warmly invited to hear him speak. Bring a friend!
For more information, call the church office at 731-5767.