The most decorated officer ever in the 82nd Airborne Division, Maggie Megalas receives his Freedom Life Chest™.
He is 102 years old.
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 doctorate degree in recognition of his remarkable life and service.
Dave Roever is founder, chairman, and president of two non-profit corporations: Roever Evangelistic Association (REA) and Roever Educational Assistance Programs (REAP) based in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave and his wife, Brenda, are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch near Westcliffe, Colorado, where Dave, Brenda, and team 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. Development of the second Eagles Summit Ranch - Texas, has begun, near San Antonio, Texas.
Dave has a wife, Brenda, two children and four grand children.
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
Mr. “Woody” Wilson
What an honor! Today, Mr. “Woody” Wilson received his Lifechest, where he is placing memorabilia from his years of his life and service. What are you putting in your Lifechest? This is an amazing Marine: Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams (born October 2, 1923) is a retired United States Marine Corps warrant officer and United States Department of Veterans Affairs veterans service representative who received the United States military's highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. He and three soldiers are the only living Medal of Honor recipients from that war. In addition, he is the only surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during the Second World War, and is the only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific theater of the war. We salute you, sir!
How does one find their individual and internal drive and ambition, and then unleash this ultimate I-Pump (Internal Pumptitude) every day for the rest of their natural life?
You will find the answer in Internal Pumptitude, the newest book by furniture retail giant Kim Yost.
Here are just 10 of the 68 ways to unleash your Internal Pumptitude so that you can inspire, grow and become more. You’ll find them in Chapters 4 and 5 of the book.
#17: Anything is possible
“The true learning, experience and benefit to your life is the journey, it’s not the destination.”
#18: Risk-taking – nine new stores in 91 days
“There is huge energy that is generated by new ventures that touch even those people who are not directly involved.”
#19: Ignore the naysayers
“If people are thoughtless with you, don’t put any thought into what they say or do.”
#20: Lifetime of achievement
“Unless you constantly refresh yourself, you don’t become great, you become stale.”
#21: Miracle morning
“If you want things to change in your life, you must first be willing to make those changes.”
“We need to carve out our own time and focus on what’s really important so we can take it on.”
#23: Put on your shorts and go – rise and shine!
“You give me one hour, every day, of any type of activity, and I guarantee it will change your life.”
#24: Discipline – passion for the grind
“Without a passion for the grind, the grind will wear you away. We have to get up every morning and know that we will face challenges.”
#25: Compounding benefits – a win is a win
“By winning in one space, your confidence is expanded in another space.”
#26: Goal setting – set yourself in motion
“Make a list. Only include the goals that will truly change your life.”
Pumped up for more? Check out Internal Pumptitude
“Grief delayed is not grief denied,” Glenda says to the room. I write it down on my hotel notepad. She pauses, tilts her head forward, peering down her nose and out at her students, as if to say, I’m talking to you. It’s not too late. We aren’t there to simply sit back and take notes. She’s challenging us to look inward. When has your grief been set aside or dismissed? What unanswered grief do you carry around?
We are the latest class of InSight Institute Celebrant trainees. From Alabama to Oregon we’re a motley crew; There’s the former pastor in his tweed jacket, the funeral director with her cat-eye glasses, and the Baptist minister in her purple pantsuit – along with a dozen others. Out of everyone in the room, I am likely the least acquainted with death. Even so, I have experienced my share of disappointment and regret after attending family funerals that were generic and cold. They left me feeling cheated out of my grief. And while it may never be too late to grieve, Celebrants can help families with their grief in a real way when they need it most and, as a result, put more meaning back into the funeral.
What Does a Celebrant Do?
Meets with the family to collect stories of their loved one.
Writes a one-of-a-kind service that incorporates participation and ceremony.
Provides a guiding presence; acknowledging the death and giving permission to grieve.
It’s been a month since Donna and I completed the Celebrant Training. I learned so much in those three days. The final day, after being assigned a scenario the day before, we each performed the service we put together to the class. I was so impressed by how everyone weaved together such beautifully rich stories for hypothetical individuals. Now I feel incredibly inspired to encourage others, at the very least, not to see a funeral as an obligation but instead an opportunity. An opportunity to celebrate the life, honor the death, and say goodbye in the absolute best way possible – by making it personal.
For more information on celebrants please visit: https://www.insightbooks.com/celebrants
COMBAT INJURED TROOPS was formed to support our military veterans and their families through our Therapy in the Air program that makes you smile! With now three programs to assist Veterans, Combat Injured Troops goal is to be able to help military men and women including their families. There are no paid salaries in the COMBAT INJURED TROOPS organization and they are an approved 501(c) Charity.
Therapy in the Air
The All Veteran Group (AVG) through Therapy in the Air, in support of Combat Injured Troops, helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG). PTG refers to positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Therapy in the Air offers an unparalleled sense of freedom mingled with excitement unlike that of any other sport.
Our Hometown Heroes Program is designed to showcase someone from the community who has sacrificed time and effort to better his or her community. A local hero may include but not be limited to: an average citizen who saved a life, a renowned teacher, a community humanitarian, a firefighter, a paramedic or police officer. This program is not an award but a way to say thanks to Americans who have done great things.
22 a Day
The 22-A-Day project is an awareness program that exposes the little known fact that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. This is a staggering number that is often overlooked. Our military serve and protect all of us and deserve our deepest appreciation, respect and care. By educating the public, the 22-A-Day project hopes to inspire more people to get involved and work together by joining our resources to eradicate this problem.
The Life Chest supports Combat Injured Troops and the All Veteran Group and is proud to work closely with CIT board member and AVG Founder and CEO Mike Elliot.
Last week we proudly co-hosted an event with Louis Vuitton and had the pleasure of hearing singer and song write Ajia perform with her incredible band. (See the previous post for more on this amazing event.)
Here is a Life Chest story about Ajia's gramps.
Grandpa Willie the Navy man. First, he was great friends with Lou Rawls they golfed together all the time. He was also the first black detective SanBernardino and when a rookie white cop was promoted over my grandfather even though he had everything in place tenure etc to be promoted he sued the department and won. That was unheard of especially back in those days. He was the SanBernardino Chapter President of the NAACP as well as a high-ranking Mason. He although never smoked or hardly drank outside of a few beers passed from cancer many years ago.
At The Life Chest™ we are incredibly honoured to have co-hosted an elegant party Saturday night with Louis Vuitton at the Somerset Collection store. The party featured cognac, cigar rolling, casino games and a variety of entertainment for the evening. The highlight of the event was a musical appearance by the smooth and sultry Ajia Clark accompanied by her soulful band. The purpose of this event was to showcase the potential collaborations between The Life Chest™ and Louis Vuitton, which includes the potential launch of a network for the Fisher House Foundation in the area.
Luke Song with Donna and Kim Yost , Chef Bobby and Chuck Bennett , Rhonda Walker with Donna Yost
Casino Games at The Life Chest™ and Louis Vuitton Event in Somerset Mall,
Ajia Clark and Her Band at Hitsville U.S.A.