Pictured left to right: Hope For The Warriors CEO Robin Kelleher Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Dove
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (August 25, 2021) – Niceville resident, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Dove was recently named a recipient of the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage award at the Hope For The Warriors Summer Soiree, presented by Siemens Government Technologies.
Dove was one of three Vigiano Family Hope and Courage award winners, presented by World Series Champions Johnny Bench and Doug Flynn. He was recognized for his service and advocating for his fellow wounded service members.
“Service to our country doesn’t end after one retires from the military. An engrained set of values, convictions and purpose is what sets our military apart,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors co-founder and CEO. “The people we honored are the faces of HOPE. Even when the world tries to squash the light of selfless service, their lives shine with compassion and courage. Their voices and actions have transformed the lives of countless others.”
Named in honor of the Vigiano family, who lost both of their sons in the September 11th attacks, the Hope and Courage Awards are presented to service members and military family members who have demonstrated both hope and courage in the face of extraordinary circumstances.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized by Hope For The Warriors,” said Dove on receiving the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award. In my recovery I have tried to raise awareness for the wounded warrior community and amazing organizations that support us. Hope For The Warriors has made a tremendous impact on both my personal recovery and that of countless others. I am truly humbled to receive this honor.”
Medically retired, Dove enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2008. He completed Infantry and Airborne at Ft. Benning before starting the Special Forces Qualification Course at Ft. Bragg. He earned his Green Beret in 2011. In 2012, Dove was deployed to Afghanistan where he was involved in an IED blast while driving a dirt bike on a combat patrol. He suffered amputations of his dominant leg and hand, as well as many other life-threatening injuries.
Dove completed seven months of rehab at Walter Reed before returning to active-duty and serving on portion of a non-combat deployment 12 months post injury. After, he worked with other wounded service members of his unit before medically retiring from the Army in July of 2014.
Post retirement, Dove has filled many roles including fishing guide, business owner, speaker, as well as great involvement with veteran nonprofits and advocacy. He credits his love of the outdoors as a driving force to overcoming the obstacles presented to him since his injury. In Dove’s free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, and golf. Most of all, he attributes his success to his loving and supportive wife and two children.
Bobby is the definition of tenacity. I’m in awe of his determination over the years, and how he’s turned his passions into a business,” said Kelleher. “He inspires others who are facing adversity to not give up hope.”
For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.
About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 36,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 170 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.