The "Troop Lady" is back at her post after taking a sabbatical for health reasons. She's an icon in Hunington community and sits in a parking lot off Highway 69 to support our troops.
Robbie Maxwell, "The Road Warrior and "Troop Lady: of Hunington is back and she brought her signs of support for the U.S. troops with her.
Maxwell has been a fixture in the Huntington community for 10 years and recently took some time away from her post for health reasons. Robbie says, "I started when I was 60 years old. I'm going on 70 now. I didn't ever completely quit. I guess it's just something I've got to do."
Even after her health declined, she did not give up her roadside sign campaign because someone has to standup and fight for the troops. Maxwell says, "I want to see more of my boys come back here alive and able to have a life on their own after they serve their country and if it takes me fighting and suffering to do it; I'll do it."
"The Troop Lady" sets up shop across from the old Huntington Tire Company building from 5 to 11 every morning. She says it's not easy for a 70 year old woman to come and sit out there but it's too important not to. "I would not have the freedom that I value you so much if it weren't for those people that are willing to get out there and put their lives on the line for me and you and everybody else."
Maxwell's support for the troops is even closer to her heart now that she has a grandson in the military but she says she doesn't do it just for her grandson. Robbies says, "They're all my kids…and I love every one of them."
Robbie, "The Troop Lady", says she doesn't have any plans to put her signs away, anytime soon.
You can catch Robbie in her spot on Highway 69 in Hunington every day from dawn until about 11 a.m. She says appreciates a honk or two in support of the troops.
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