A local organization that helps our military honors Baytown Assistant City Manager Kevin Troller for his assistance in helping our troops.
Help Our Military Endure (HOME) is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to active-duty soldiers and relies on donations from the public to fund its mission. For 10 years, Baytown city employees have been writing Christmas cards to those deployed overseas. Kevin, a 26-year Army veteran, had contacted the group in 2017, telling them he had thousands of cards for the organization to put in holiday packages. A strong bond was formed.
HOME President Trudy Duhon said, “The relationship of HOME and the City of Baytown has been tremendous and we thank Kevin for that. We thank you for your service to our country, to our city, and to HOME.”
Kevin said, “My heart will always be with service members, especially those deployed and serving our nation overseas. The holidays are a tough time to be away from family and friends, often in harms way, and wondering if anybody knows where you are, what you’re doing, or the risks you might be experiencing. I personally received similar cards during the Gulf War, as well as in Bosnia and Kosovo. I’ve seen the joy on the faces of our troops who receive the cards, especially those who receive little mail during their deployments.”
He added, “Thankfully, our nation is still blessed with volunteers to serve in our military, protecting our freedoms and way of life. It was my honor to serve and it’s still my honor to support all those who serve today.”
Kevin, who says he will be retiring soon, was surprised by members of HOME at the last City Council meeting. They presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation, along with a mug, several handshakes, and of course many more hugs.