Mississippi National Guard Members Get Support

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

From room to room, service members and their families took part in briefings Saturday morning to make sure they have all the information needed to make deployment easier on everyone.

"Many units have phone numbers and web sites, but there is really no substitute for the real person, said Major Joe Hardman.

That is exactly what many of the people in attendance were able to get. They received one on one contact with the people who can help them select insurance and sift through all the benefits available to family members during deployment.

"I think about them everyday. I worry about the kids. I have a teen age boy getting ready to drive. I want to take care of the guys and come back," said 1st Sgt. Anthony McClinton.

McClinton will soon leave for a six month deployment. His wife has been through his absence before, but the fear and anxiety are still there.

"It is very hard being away from your loved one that long, but being able to connect by letters and phone calls helps," said Anthony's wife, Sonia McClinton.

Sonia says this briefing will help her get through the six months without her husband.

The Yellow Ribbon Event consisted of a group preparing to deploy, a group out of Jackson that is just returning and family members.

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