Alumna Ginger Gilbert Ravella to Hold Book Signing After Homecoming Game

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October 19, 2017

Gilbert Ravella’s book, “Hope Found,” shares her family’s story of faith, hope and healing after the loss of her husband, Texas Tech alumnus Maj. Troy Gilbert.

Ginger Gilbert Ravella

After 10 years of waiting, family and country welcome home one of their own. 

WHAT: The Military and Veterans National Alumni Chapter and the Office of the President welcome speaker and alumna Ginger Gilbert Ravella to Texas Tech University during Homecoming 2017. Gilbert Ravella, who will attend the homecoming football game as a guest of President Lawrence Schovanec, will be recognized on the field during the game. Her late husband, Maj. Troy Gilbert, a Texas Tech alumnus and Air Force fighter pilot, was killed in November 2006 in Iraq during a rescue mission.

After the game, Gilbert Ravella will sign copies of her book, “Hope Found” at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Through a partnership with the Texas Tech Barnes & Noble Bookstore, copies of “Hope Found” will be available for purchase at the signing. The cost for each book is $19.95 plus tax, and they may be purchased with cash or credit card.

WHEN: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21)

WHERE: Frazier Alumni Pavilion, 2606 Red Raider Ave. (Corner of The Drive of Champions and Boston Avenue)

WHO: Gilbert Ravella and Gilbert are 1993 Texas Tech graduates. After leaving the university, Gilbert joined the U.S. Air Force and was deployed in 2006 to Balad Air Base in Iraq.

When Gilbert was killed, insurgents stole his body before U.S. soldiers could reach the crash site, and 10 years passed before he was fully recovered and laid to rest Dec. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gilbert Ravella married Air Force fighter pilot Col. Jim Ravella in 2008 after the death of his first wife, Andrea. The couple began sharing their story of loss, love and hope on their blog, Our Journey to Healing, which was published as “Hope Found” earlier this year by WestBow Press. 

CONTACT: Col. Lou Ortiz, director, Military and Veterans Programs, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Texas Tech University (806) 834-6538 or

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