Roger Staubach, the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories before building a commercial real estate firm with more than 1,000 employees, will be the guest speaker at a Thursday event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center for SoldierStrong, a national nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art medical devices to aid in rehabilitating mobility to returning veterans who have experienced spinal injuries.
Since the nonprofit’s inception following the tragic events of 9/11, SoldierStrong has donated more than $3 million of medical devices to help injured veterans. On Jan. 29, the Stamford, Conn.-based organization donated an exoskeleton to the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System. It was SoldierStrong’s 19th exoskeleton donation and its 15th to the VA system.
“Roger Staubach is an inspiration to millions of people. Upon his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1965, he could have opted for an assignment in the United States, but volunteered to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam,” said Chris Meek, SoldierStrong chairman and co-founder. “His commitment to our country and America’s military veterans is second to none. SoldierStrong is honored that he is lending his voice and passion to our mission.”
The fundraising reception, which will include an exoskeleton demonstration by a combat-injured veteran, will be in Café 43 of the presidential center, 2943 SMU Boulevard, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. People interested in attending the event can RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staubach won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, he led the Cowboys to five Super Bowls in all and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1972. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985. Even before he retired from the NFL, Staubach founded The Staubach Company, which largely developed and managed commercial properties. He sold the firm in 2008 for a reported $613 million.
“I’ve always appreciated that people have cared about me and said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours,’ but it’s never quite the same as the feeling I’ve had as a military veteran when someone says, ‘We appreciate your dedication to our country,'” said Staubach, who was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2018. “We owe so much to the men and women who have been injured while defending our freedom and it’s an honor to help SoldierStrong, which is doing so much to help America’s veterans. I appreciate the opportunity to show them that we care for and are committed to them.”