Injured Vietnam to Speak at Fort Riley Prayer Luncheon

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – An injured Vietnam veteran and motivational speaker will be featured at the 1st Infantry Division National Prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Dave Roever joined the Navy and served as a river boat gunner in the Brown Water Black Beret in Vietnam. Eight months into his tour of duty, he was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand.

The ordeal left him hospitalized for 14 months, where he underwent numerous major surgeries. He now travels to military installations throughout the U.S., Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as churches and high schools, sharing his story and faith.

“He mixes humor with the seriousness of what happened,” said Fort Riley Installation Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Shurtleff.

Other events during the luncheon will include prayer and special music performed by local artists.

The luncheon is limited to ticket holders.


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