Dave Roever, a Navy veteran who was critically injured during the Vietnam War, is scheduled to speak at this year’s Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at Fort Bragg.
Roever, a Texas native, was drafted into the military during the height of the Vietnam War. Only eight months into his tour, he suffered injuries that left him burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand.
In the years following, Roever underwent numerous surgeries and according to those who know him, his survival is nothing less than miraculous.
He now serves as an inspirational speaker for numerous events and organizations. He said his looks forward to speaking to the Fort Bragg community.
“On September 11, 2002, I spoke for the very first Army commemoration for the September 11, 2001 events at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” Roever said.
“Last year, I continued the tradition and spoke at the 9-11 commemoration at Fort Carson, Colorado. This year, I am very honored to be requested to speak at Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps, under the command of Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, who is one of the most outstanding military leaders of our generation.”
Roever said he wanted to tell the community in advance that it is important to remain vigilant.
“It has hardly been 13 years since 9-11 and it won’t be long before we’ll stop talking about it. And the day that we forget what our enemies have done, presents an invitation for them to do it again,” he said.
Roever said he looks forward to establishing a friendship with the Fort Bragg community.
“I look forward to visiting the installation, establishing a friendship and renewing my friendship with Lieutenant General Anderson,” Roever said, pointing out that Anderson pinned an Army Civil Service Award on him.