Troy University SGA launches sale of “TROY for Troops” commemorative coin

Posted: Thursday, 20 August 2009

TROY, Ala. -- Troy University’s Student Government Association (SGA) has launched a new initiative 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.

Orders for the coin, which features the University’s “TROY for Troops” logo on the front and a Troy University logo on the back, are now being taken with shipment expected by mid-September to early October. Cost of the coin is $10 plus $3 shipping and handling.

Jonathan A. Davis, SGA president, said the organization is proud to show its continued support of the military through this project.

“The Student Government Association has been a member of the Troy for Troops Committee since its beginning,” Davis said. “We are more than honored to show our continued support for our Troops and the Troy University troop’s connection through the newly developed Troy for Troops Coins. This idea was developed by one of our very own past senators Brian Embry who himself is an Iraq War Veteran. As an American soldier myself it brings great pride for me to be a student of such an Institution like Troy University that values at a high regard some of the Nation’s greatest Heroes.”

“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 to Trojan Center 215, Troy, AL 36082. Donations to assist in the “TROY for Troops” program are also being accepted. Sale of the coin will continue through Sept. 30.