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October 13, 2017 | by Andrew Hurst

The Harvesters performing during last year's Veterans Day Chapel
The Harvesters performing during last year's Veterans Day Chapel

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will be hosting a special chapel service to commemorate veterans who have served our country on November 10. Local veterans are invited to join the SAGU community for this special event as distinguished guests.

“It is important that every generation of Americans recognize and appreciate those who served in the armed forces to protect our fundamental freedoms,” says Kermit Bridges, President of SAGU. “Many of these heroes served at great personal sacrifice with some paying the ultimate price.”

Dave Roever, decorated Vietnam Veteran, will be the event’s guest speaker. Roever served in the Navy as a river boat gunner in the elite Brown Water Black Beret. Eight months into his tour of duty, a phosphorous grenade exploded in Roever’s hand resulting in life-threatening injuries. Roever was hospitalized for 14 months and underwent numerous major surgeries. Today, Roever draws upon his own war experiences and unique survival story to share a message of courage and commitment.

“We could have no finer guest speaker for such a special occasion than Dave Roever,” President Bridges said. “Dave will captivate the heart of every veteran in attendance, as well as every student with his incredible testimony of courage, determination, and ultimate victory despite suffering unimaginable injuries in combat. Dave has been able to speak to hundreds of thousands in his lifetime and the military has provided him special access to minister to enlisted personnel including his incredible efforts working with wounded warriors.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is a military and veterans charity service organization empowering injured veterans and their families. Roever and his wife, Brenda, provide training to wounded warriors in public speaking and in marital and emotional recovery after devastating injuries at Eagles Summit Ranch near Westcliffe, Colorado.

Roever will also join local veterans during a complimentary lunch provided for veterans following the service. Ellsworth Huling IV from Ellis County Veteran Services will be present to provide counsel, service and advice to veterans.

“We believe students will be inspired as they see these veterans and hear their stories, and we hope our veterans will feel encouraged and blessed as our campus family honors them for their service to our nation,” says Bridges.

SAGU’s Band led by Dr. Tyrone Block, will be playing a number of American Patriotic songs during the service and the Texas National Guard Armory will be invited to join as color guard.

To learn more about Dave Roever and the Roever Foundation, click here.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, click here.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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