Sayre Family Gives Back After Tragic Loss

By Lindsay Nielsen

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM EDT

Sayre, PA (WBNG Binghamton) One local family is fighting for awareness of a battle that many of our service members are facing, post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dan Hamilton joined the United State Army in 2006.

He served our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008 to 2009.

It was a battle with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder that claimed Dan's life a year ago, when he returned from active duty.

He was diagnosed with depression and anxiety while still serving.

"We felt hopeless and helpless, we didn't know what to do we didn't know how to help him. We need to find a way to help them feel it's OK to talk about it to know that it's OK to talk about it. To know that its OK and were all hear to help them," says Hamilton's Mother, Brenda Hamilton.

To raise awareness, Dan's Family has joined a cause to sell "battle saint" bracelets.

"They have Saint's around them and they have a little picture of a star that says battle saint on them and they come in green black, and they come in brown," says Dan's cousin, Phoenix Jacobson.

Battle Saint is a family run organization.

Its goal is to support the troops while they fight and help provide needed resources when they return.

All of the money raised from the battle saint bracelets sold by Dan's family will go back to help other soldiers.

"To the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, it's for when soldiers and troops come home and they need help with post traumatic stress disorder or anything else," says Dan's cousin, Aubrey Sumner.

Dan's family says the Iraqis called him Hai'dar, which means "heart of a lion."

A name they now find some comfort in.

"To raise awareness, I actually went to highschool with Dan so I remember that happy Dan and I just hope that memory is with everyone," says Rachel Sheppard.

If you would like to buy a battle saint bracelet in Dan's Honor the Hamilton Family will be hosting an event Thursday evening at Rock Your Style in Sayre.

The event is from 7 to 8 pm

You can also buy a bracelet on www.battlesaint.com.

The organization is honoring Dan for the month of March.

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