The Best Among Us: A Veteran's Day Tribute
Do you ever wonder what a veteran looks like? If you iGnite in Austin it's likely you iGnite next to one. It's also likely we pass veterans everyday, more than once, and don't even know it. Veterans look like you and me, have daughters, sons, grandchildren, regular jobs and are extremely humble. They keep to themselves, don't crave attention and when they get thanked for their service they reply with a simple "Thank you", or "It was my pleasure". These people are the heroes among us who felt a calling and sense of duty to serve our country and defend our freedoms. To me, they are the best of the best!
iGnite Austin member and mom of three beautiful daughters, Troye Campbell, is a U.S. Navy Veteran and the best among us. Troye, like every veteran I've ever come in contact with is beyond humble, is a committed and dedicated mom and friend and has a servant's heart. Despite Troye's humility, in honor of Veteran's Day, she is allowing us to feature her, her life and service.
Thank you Troye for your bravery and service in defending our freedoms. It is because of your courageous and selfless service that we get to enjoy our daily freedoms. You are the best among us and we are so grateful for you and all veterans.
Roots: I was born in Rockford, IL, moved to Northern California, then Ohio, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia. I attended college at the U.S. Naval Academy from July 1984 – May 1988.
What branch of the military did you serve in?
U.S. Navy – Civil Engineer Corps
What years did you serve in the military?
1988-1993; June 1988-Dec. ‘90 stationed in Southern CA (LA area), then stationed in Virginia Beach, VA from Jan ’91 – July ’93.
When did you realize you wanted to serve in the military?
In high school. I love my country and what it stood for and wanted to serve.
What or who was your inspiration and motivation in serving, and or, what was the catalyst to your entering the military?
My Grandpa. He was a WWII veteran.
What would you say benefited you the most from your military experience (personal growth, team, leadership, etc)?
How to persevere in overcoming adversity, the importance of teamwork and communication, time management skills, and self-discipline.
How was your transition from military service to civilian life?
I got married right after getting out, entered grad school at University of VA, and got a part-time job for an environmental consulting firm in Charlottesville, VA
Is there anything you want civilians to know or recognize about our veterans and military?
It is so helpful to recognize and thank veterans for their service.
How does your service in the military influence your daily civilian/parenting/work life?
It made me grateful for the freedoms that we get to enjoy, and I felt more appreciation for those in the military and government who fight hard to preserve our freedoms and way of life.
Tell us about your family life:
I have 3 daughters – Holly 19, at Stanford and plays volleyball; Casey 17 – senior at Westlake HS, committed to play volleyball at Santa Clara University; Kylie 15 – sophomore at Westlake HS
Who Inspires you the Most and Why?
Jesus, Paul, for their incredible wisdom and depth of understanding, perseverance, love, sacrifice.
Best Advice You’ve Ever been given?
Seek first the kingdom of God.
What do you enjoy most from your iGnite experience?
The support, friendliness, compassion, care and concern of the iGnite community is amazing and such a blessing.
Something people may not know about you?
I played basketball in a professional start-up league in California
What is your favorite color?
The color of the Caribbean, turquoise
What are you looking most forward to?
Sanctification being complete!
What are you most passionate about?
Finding, discerning and understanding Truth
What is your favorite concert or musician is?
When you have free time we'd find you doing what?
Reading, chatting with friends, working out, watching volleyball