Happy Veteran’s Day!
Today on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Healing the Wounds of War,” we’re paying tribute to every man and woman who has worn a uniform to protect this great land.
Joining us in the studio is Dave Roever. If you’re not familiar with him, you’re in for a blessing. Dave is a U.S. veteran with an incredible story. He is the living embodiment of Romans 8:28, which tells us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Dave was 21 years old when he married 19-year-old Brenda and joined the Navy. As he left for Vietnam, she asked him, “Are you coming back?” With hubris, he told her “I’ll be back without a scar.”
Eight months later, a sniper’s bullet struck a phosphorus hand grenade Dave had reared back to throw. The grenade exploded six inches from his head and enveloped him in flames that burned at 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit and that wouldn’t extinguish even after he threw himself into the river.
Miraculously, he survived, but he suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and remains severely scarred from his injuries. That day on the riverbank, he lost more than his fingers and the skin on his face, chest, and back. He lost his identity.
At the time, no one could have convinced Dave that his injuries could result in anything positive. He now says that God’s promises are often tough to see in the middle of the battle. Then one day you look back, and you can see God’s fingerprints all over your life.
Dave writes about the powerful ways God has moved in his life in a book called War and Recovery: A Spiritual Journey. Let us put this resource into your hands. I’d like to do that for a gift of any amount. Give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). Or visit our website for further information. If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a way to get it to you.
I’ve never served in the military, but I have deep appreciation for those who have. My brother served, and I have spoken to many supporters of this ministry who have served. To each of you, thank you for your service.