Retired Staff Sergeant Bobby Dove joined the U.S. Army in August 2008 and earned his Green Beret a few years later. In 2012, after deploying to Afghanistan, he was injured in an IED blast, suffering amputations of his dominant leg and hand and other life-threatening injuries. Despite these injuries, he returned to active duty before medically retiring in 2014. ​

Bobby was introduced to HOPE when he applied for a Warrior’s Wish. A lover of the outdoors, Bobby wanted to take service members fishing. When the Gary Sinise Foundation built his house down in Florida, we granted his wish and provided him with the equipment and space in that home to achieve his goal. ​

Since then, he has attended multiple HOPE events in Florida and other states – many fishing events – and connected with our staff and fellow veterans, sharing his story and inspiring others. ​

At last year’s Invitational, Bobby Dove showed those in attendance just how far he’s come and that his injuries have not limited him by standing from his wheelchair unassisted to accept his Hope & Courage award. This was an inspiring moment for all in attendance and an example of resiliency and HOPE.