Many East Texans were among those who headed to New Orleans last year to help after Hurricane Katrina.
Some of the first on the scene were Army National Guardsmen. Those troops helped evacuate stranded storm victims. They also worked as police officers in New Orleans for three weeks after the hurricane. Many of them were with the Artillery Battalion from Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
Readiness NCO and Staff Sergeant Anthony Lewis said, "We wanted to get the people out as fast as we could, but we didn't have the means of doing it. We didn't have a good flow of charter buses to get them out of there and then we ran into a few more obstacles; people not wanting to leave their family members behind."