Alumna Publishes Book, Shares Story of 'Hope Found'

Ginger Gilbert Ravella is a wife, mother, public speaker and now an author.

She travels the country sharing her story of faith, hope and healing and in February, Texas Tech alumna Ginger Gilbert Ravella brought her message to fellow Red Raiders. She was the wife of Maj. Troy Gilbert, also a Texas Tech graduate, who joined the Air Force after the two left Lubbock in 1993. Gilbert was killed in Iraq in 2006 during a rescue mission.

Today, Gilbert Ravella is remarried. Col. Jim Ravella lost his first wife to cancer and was introduced to Gilbert Ravella through email. The couple has been working on a book, "Hope Found," which details their journey of love, loss, sadness and strength.

"Hope Found" was released on March 15, 2017.


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On Monday December 19, 2016, the bells on the Texas Tech University campus rang 93 times in honor of Major Troy Gilbert. Major Gilbert graduated from Texas Tech in 1993 and then served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq.
The ringing of the bells coincided with a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery as his remains were laid to rest.