Hancock County honored for adopting over 300 soldiers

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County woman was honored for dedicating her life to taking care of our troops deployed over-seas.

The Mississippi Roller Girls recognized Jeanne "Granny" Graeser for her dedication to the Soldier's Angel Program.

Since "Granny" joined the national organization eight years ago, she's adopted more than 300 soldiers, writing to them and sending them goodies from home in care packages.

She also started "Fishing With Soldiers." It's a program that allows soldiers who have returned home from deployment a chance to relax and de-stress on a deep sea fishing trip.

"She loves her soldiers. She truly makes a soldier feel special," said the announcer at the Roller Derby bout. "The Mississippi Roller Girls want to commend "Granny Hugs" for her unwavering support for our military. We'd like to thank you and make you an honorary member of our league."

The announcer then presented "Granny" with a Mississippi Roller Girls Jersey with a C-130 military plane logo on it.

With the blow of a whistle, "Granny" Graeser was given the honor of kicking off the roller girls sibling rivalry game Saturday night, held at the Harrison County Skate Park.

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