Troy University’s Student Government Association (SGA) launched a new initiative in August aimed at showing continued support for the country’s armed forces through the University’s ongoing “TROY for Troops” campaign.
The SGA is offering for sale a commemorative “TROY for Troops” coin developed by Brian Embry, a former SGA senator and an Iraqi war veteran. Profits from the sale of the coins will be used to buy and ship coins to service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a move that is already having an impact.
In an email sent to Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr., CW 2 Eusebio Torres, a UH-60L, Black Hawk Pilot with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, expressed his appreciation for the University’s support.
“It was a big surprise to receive the coin and letter,” he said. “Every letter and every package we receive out here means so much. The troops here, to include myself, get very homesick. When mail comes in, troops smile from ear to ear. It’s a constant reminder that the support from home is always there. So, on behalf of myself, my wife Alexis Torres and the United States Army, we thank you for all of your support.”
Orders are now being taken for the coin, which features the University’s “TROY for Troops” logo on the front and a Troy University logo on the back. Cost of the coin is $10 plus $3 shipping and handling. Coins are available for purchase by the public and all students, faculty and staff of any Troy University campus or site.
“TROY for Troops,” led by the University’s First Lady Janice Hawkins, began in 2006 as an effort to identify and thank current students, alumni, faculty or staff members – or members of their immediate families – who are on active military duty. The ongoing project has included the shipment of care packages and “TROY for Troops” t-shirts to members of the armed services serving in combat zones.
“Since 2006, Troy University has been paying special tribute to members of our armed forces through our ‘TROY for Troops’ program and the feedback we have received has been tremendous,” Mrs. Hawkins said. “I believe we as a nation have grown accustomed to our troops being deployed, and it is vitally important that we continue to show support for our men and women serving in harm’s way. The ‘TROY for Troops’ coin is another way through which we can demonstrate our continued support and appreciation for their dedicated service.”
To order the limited-supply coin, send a check made payable to the Troy University SGA along with a completed order form available at the “TROY for Troops” link at www.troy.edu to Trojan Center 215, Troy, AL 36082.