Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1048 members Joe Rosa and David Rose were inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame on Dec. 4, 2018. The Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes military veterans who have made significant contributions to the state in civic, business, public service and other pursuits.
Rosa is a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Enduring Freedom, and serves on the board of Chapter 1048. He retired in 2011 from the Florida Air National Guard and in 2012 from the Federal Aviation Administration.
An active participant in several veteran and community organizations, Rosa focuses on supporting active-duty reservists. “We have a good community, and it only stays strong if you are involved,” Mr. Rosa said. “If I am known for anything, it is that I helped my community in any way possible.”
Rose was drafted into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and served as a medic in the Vietnam War, working in surgery for 35 years after discharge. He later started a successful web-based business and then became a forest ranger.
Since discovering he had PTSD, Rose has served as a mentor for veterans who have been similarly diagnosed, and has written books and songs about his military experience. “I plan to use this Hall of Fame title as a tool — as a door opener — to do more services for veterans than I ever have before,” he said at the ceremony.