Dave Roever ~ a true American patriot

Dave Roever

Last time I looked in the mirror, the side of my head is still blown off. And it was only yesterday at dinner that I realized I still can’t pick up a glass of water because my hand doesn’t work, and I still carry a hanker-chief because my eye doesn’t work, a never ending stream of tears, I just can’t make it blink. And… the last time I passed thru a public place and a child looked at me and said, “what is it”?
Then I recalled, oh yeah, it was in the service of my country, keeping my vow to defend the constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic when I was injured. I have fought the foreign, I am just not used to having to defend the constitution from the domestic.
My freedom of speech is exactly none less and none more than the freedom of speech some have expressed on my Facebook page. The big difference is, I use my intellect to express my words in a decent fashion, I don’t have to drop “f bombs” and make threats. At least I have a scar to prove my investment and sacrifice for my freedom of speech. I burned for it, I bled for it, and I almost died for it and I will not surrender it to bullies who think the whole world should think like them.
You can do anything you want to do, say thing you want to say, eat anywhere you want to eat. I haven’t boycotted anybody, holy cow, I’ve even eaten Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
But on August 1, I fully intend to exercise my freedom of speech and freedom of food and will be eating at Chick-fil-A.
I will not be screaming obscenities, I won’t be carrying “f bomb” posters. I will enjoy the best sandwich in America by showing my gratitude to a corporation that has shown its patriotic spirit in faithful support to American troops, who by the way, defend my freedom of speech.
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From Dave’s Facebook page –

Dave Roever grew up in a loving, committed family in South Texas. The last thing on his mind was going to war. At the height of the Vietnam War, he received his draft notice. Having no desire to serve in the infantry, he joined the Navy and served as a river boat gunner in the elite Brown Water Black Beret in Vietnam.

Eight months into his tour of duty in Vietnam, Dave was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand. The ordeal left him hospitalized for fourteen months, where he underwent numerous major surgeries. His survival and life are miraculous.

Today, with his humorous style, Dave Roever is enthusiastically received both nationally and internationally as a public speaker. He is a gifted communicator and speaks in a variety of settings including public schools, military installations, business, men’ s and youth conventions, etc. Dave is a frequent guest on national television talk shows. He established compassionate, ongoing missions work in Vietnam and is involved in other nations.

In every setting, Dave’s message is one of hope. Using his life as an example, he addresses issues relevant to his audience and presents concrete solutions to life’ s problems. Often drawing upon his war experiences of loneliness, peer pressure, disfigurement and pain, as well as life’ s triumphs, Dave weaves a message of courage, commitment and survival that touches and transforms those who hear him. The foundation of his hope is his faith, supported by the wholesome relationships with his parents, wife, children and grandchildren.

Thirty-four years after his injuries, the Department of the Navy corrected its oversight by awarding Dave his Purple Heart, along with several other service medals. Because of his war-time experience of service, injury and recovery, he is uniquely qualified to speak to the needs of military personnel. He is called upon regularly to address troops on domestic military bases as well as those deployed in Iraq and other locations around the globe.

In May 2005, Dave was awarded an honorary doctor degree in recognition of his remarkable life and service.

Dave Roever is founder, chairman, and president of two non-profit corporations: Roever and Associates, and Roever Educational Assistance Programs (REAP) based in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave and his wife Brenda are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch (ESR) near Westcliffe, Colorado, where the couple will train 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.

Dave and Brenda are the parents of two adult children, Matt Roever and Kim Chapin, and grandparents of four grandchildren.

Lives in Fort Worth, Texas

5 responses

  1. Love this. What a patriot! I will be there, too.

  2. I salute you Sir.

    Will R. Clack

  3. Thank you for sharing, and God bless you. I wrote a piece on this subject yesterday.

  4. Senator_Blutarsky

    I support what Mr Cathy had to say, and his right to say it.

    However, his disgusting swill products are loaded with MSG, anti-foaming chemicals, and a laundry list of chemical enhancements, as listed on their website-

    (http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Detail/ChickfilA-Chicken-Sandwic…)

    Too bad the Cathys’ fine Christian standings do not include offering a reasonably healthy, wholesome product. I would not feed this to starving stray dogs, much less my own…….and much less my family.

    This whole thing by both sides is comic in a sad way. A big kneejerk reaction on both sides.

    It reminds me of 10 years ago when the miserable propagandist on Fox, Sean Hannity, began a self-righteous campaign for “patriots” to only called fried potatoes FREEDOM FRIES instead of French fries. He was angry that the French would not get on board with an attack on Iraq. He advocated boycotting French wine, cosmetics, fashion products etc ad nauseum. (I made a point to only BUY French wines)

    You see, the French said that there were no WMDs and no connection of the Sadam Hussein regime with international terrorism.

    Guess what ? The French were correct.

    Yes, i agree with what Mr Cathy said, but I do not support the low low product quality he sells and could never justify spending my $$$ on it. All the supporters of Chik-Fil-A should put pressure on the ownership to serve better food……….much better.

    ” Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ”
    Aesop

  5. Gee…here I was all excited about the above article referencing some of Amerika’s most passionate subjects and favorite pastimes – family values versus hedonism…foreign wars and fried chicken. I got pumped up with all the nationalistic flag waving…got my Confederate flag and my Gadsden flag (“Don’t Tread on Me”) out flapping in the wind…playin’ me some Lee Greenwood…and then…

    Then Senator Blutarsky has to ruin it all by telling me that eating delicious, chemical-laden battered chicken at Chick-Fil-A is like eating sushi made from fish in the water around the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe…gee…might as well take the flags down.

    Guess I’ll drink some good French wine and ponder some more of life’s mysteries…

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