Veterans treated to fishing trip
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 9, 2013, 18:11
A group of about 20 veterans was treated to a fishing trip and fish fry Monday at the Bay Marina on Washington Street.
The event was sponsored by Soldiers Angels, the Main Street Methodist Church, the Hancock County Southern Anglers Club, and several local charter boat captains.
About 20 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars participated in the event, including some patients from the Biloxi VA hospital.
"We just wanted to let them know that we care," Jeanne "Granny" Graeser of Soldiers Angels said Monday. "To see these men and women enjoying themselves makes my heart feel good. This was a great way to show our appreciation."
Soldiers Angels is a nation-wide charity group which specializes in programs which assist wounded and discharged veterans.
our local charter boat captains took the group of veterans, most from Mississippi, on the Jourdan River Monday morning.
All of the boats returned with a bounty of red fish, drum, and sheepshead.
"It was a privilege to take these guys out," Captain Kenny Shiyou said. "They all seemed to have a great time."
The soldiers said they were thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a morning together.
"The most important part is that things like this give us something to look forward to," Army Warrant Officer Andrew Wheatley said. "Not everyone gets a chance to go fishing here in South Mississippi. It was a great chance to have fun and fellowship."
When the soldiers returned to Bay Marina, they were treated to a fish fry, complete with desserts and drinks, courtesy the Southern Anglers club.
Graeser said Soldiers Angels is always looking for ways to help veterans and she encouraged the community to support her group and all military veterans. Information about Soldiers Angels and upcoming programs can be seen at www.soldiersangels.org.