Dave Roever

Keynote Speaker: Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 12pm

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, Roever 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 and businesses.  Dave is a frequent guest on national television talk shows.  He established compassionate, ongoing work in Vietnam and is involved in other nations.

In every setting, Mr. Roever’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.   

Thirty-four years after his injuries, the U. S. 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 around the globe.  Dave is no stranger to the war on terror.  He has completed 7 tours of the Middle East, supporting troops in Afghanistan, Iraq (5 tours), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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

In April 2012, he was awarded The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U. S. Department of the Army.

Dave Roever is founder, chairman, and president of the Roever Foundation based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Dave and his late wife Brenda are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch Colorado, near Westcliffe, as well as Eagles Summit Ranch Texas, near Junction.  Dave’s vision never stops… At multiple facilities, Dave Roever and his team help to restore hope and train wounded warriors, and promising young leaders in areas of specific focus such as public speaking, and emotional recovery after devastating injury, helping them to fulfill their destinies, through Operation Warrior RECONnect.


1968 - 1971  U.S. Navy, Special Warfare Division, with a tour of duty in Vietnam; injured in Vietnam in July 1969  


Purple Heart Medal
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation   (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm)                
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation   (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 device  


Honorary doctor degree in recognition of his remarkable life and service
The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, US Department of the Army (April 2012)

Roever and Associates
P. O. Box 136130
Ft. Worth, TX 76136
817-238-2000 ~ 817-238-2048 Fax
Scheduling / Public Relations: louise@daveroever.org




2620 Colusa Hwy
Yuba City, CA 95993

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