Growing up in Gloucester, VA, Bobby Dove loved spending time with his grandfather, a Korean War veteran. They watched The History Channel and war movies together and Bobby listened to his grandfather’s stories from the military and his own childhood. His grandfather taught him good character and respect for authority. He was the most influential person in Bobby’s life. In August 2008, Bobby joined the Army Special Forces and, after 3 years of continuous training, earned his Green Beret in August 2011. He loved the camaraderie of the military as well as its challenges.
On June 9th, 2012, while driving a dirt bike in a mobile element, Bobby ran over an improvised explosive device (IED). After being stabilized by his teammates and MEDEVAC’d to Kandahar, Bobby arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 15th. There he underwent extensive surgeries, spending a week in the ICU and three months in inpatient care. Bobby lost his right hand and suffered amputation to his right leg above the knee. He endured many other severe injuries from the blast. He remained positive with the thought of returning to active duty and to life with his girlfriend, now wife Mary-Elizabeth.
Prosthetic attachments enable Bobby to perform some activities, yet his home lacks independence-supporting modifications. Besides allowing him greater autonomy, a specially adapted smart home would alleviate some of the care-giving burdens falling to Mary-Elizabeth and allow Bobby to help raise Wyatt.
Bobby recently founded “Hooligan Charters”, an inshore and near-shore fishing guide service, as a joint venture with his teammate Cliff, who was the first to come to Bobby’s aid in Afghanistan. Bobby has learned of himself that he is resilient and driven. He looks forward to a very full life in a specially adapted smart home.