Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In our last Project Homefront report, we heard from Gulfport's Kathie Ladner, who talked about the challenges her family has faced during her husband's numerous deployments. She understands that better than most, not just because she is a military spouse, but also because of what she does every day.
It was 21 years ago when the Ladners married. Since John was an Air Force Academy graduate, Kathie knew her life would be that of a military spouse. But did she truly understand what that would involve?
"Very little," Ladner said. "I knew there would be multiple moves. I knew there would be times he would be gone for training, possible deployments."
John has deployed seven times, including his service during Operation Desert Storm. John loves the military, and Kathie and their three children support him in every way possible. But when the subject of deployments comes up, Kathie gets emotional.
"Faith has been a really stronghold for us," she said fighting back tears. "To deal with deployments, to deal with the families of others who are deploying, faith has been something we truly have relied on."
It's that strong desire to help other military families in similar circumstances, that brought her to the National Guard's Family Assistance Center. Daily, they deal with the families of hundreds of National Guard members.
One day it might be an email or phone message to a family of a guard member. Other times it might include workshops and briefings. Sometimes, Kathie said, it is just about being there to listen.
"We can just be that shoulder somebody needs one afternoon, when that bucket of chocolate ice cream is not enough to handle that day."
Kathie calls communication the most important element for a successful deployment. She ended our interview by encouraging anyone who so wishes to be aware of and use the Assistance Center's resources. She can be reached at (228) 255-0428 or click here for a complete list of Family Assistance Centers in Mississippi.
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