Founder / Executive Director
Krystle Hamlett is a wife to Sgt. William Hamlett and mother to two beautiful children, Alyssa and Wilan. The Hamlett’s have been married for fifteen years.
Krystle and her family were like any other military family in The United States, until tragedy struck in 2012 and their world was turned upside down. William was soon attached to Wounded Warrior Battalion on Camp Pendleton for treatment. He was being treated for muscular skeletal injuries as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not long after treatment began, he endured a horrible flashback and was admitted to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. Krystle knew life was going to be more challenging, but she was determined to stick by William’s side, no matter what.
Not much was said about the effects that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder would have on the veteran’s family, friends and especially spouses. Krystle and the kids spent the next three years trying to adjust to a new way of life while William went through intense psychological therapy using eye movement and desensitization reprocessing. Krystle quickly took on the role of caregiver for William and has found herself at times neglecting the care that she needs.
Krystle found out that there were many other spouses out there who were focusing solely on their role as caregiver to their veteran. Most of Military and Veteran Caregivers would not seek help simply because they did not know where to turn for help. Krystle’s motivation behind starting this foundation is to give these unique caregivers the opportunity to not only seek help to make sure they are meeting their own needs, but also to show them that they are not alone. She wants to gather as many caregivers in a setting where they can connect with one another, gain some education and not have to worry about the financial burden of doing something for them. She hopes they don’t feel guilty for taking time out of their day to do something for themselves.
Krystle wants to be able to educate others about what it means to be a Military Caregiver.
Emily Mather is a military and veteran advocate who spends her time volunteering in the community. Emily is the 2016/2017 Elizabeth Dole Fellow for the state of Ohio, group facilitator for Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor, and a pick-up volunteer with Operation Homefront’s Back to School Brigade and the Christmas Toy Event. Through her volunteer efforts with these programs, she has founded Project Little Hero, which provides back-to-school supplies and Christmas gifts to military children across the tri-state. Emily is a Liberty University graduate with her BS in Psychology, a cognate in military resilience, and a minor in Christian counseling. Emily is married to her soldier, Michael, who was injured in Iraq in 2008. Michael and Emily have a 22-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son. They also have a 2-year-old grandson and granddaughter due in the Spring.
Rocio Tamayo is a wife and caregiver to husband Brian. Her husband soon became ill from cancer back in 2008 (has been in remission since July of 2008). Ever since then, it has been one thing or another health wise. They have a 10-year-old daughter, named Rhianna.
Co-Founder / Fundraising Director
Sergeant William Hamlett spent 13 years and 6 months in the United States Marine Corps before medically retiring in 2015. During that time, he did four tours to the Middle East. Three of these tours were to Iraq and the fourth and final deployment was to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. It was on this fourth tour that Sgt. Hamlett, Billy to friends and family, life was forever changed. The Hamletts’ have persevered through all of the ups and downs of their new way of life, but through it all have kept the strong bond that they created when they first got together. They are honest with one another and have no judgment. They show one another unconditional love and their children follow suit and this is the lifestyle they have worked hard to maintain.
Through their foundation, William is hoping to show other Military Caregivers and their veterans that they’re not alone in their daily struggles and that success is possible. He hopes to educate others on the daily struggles that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can and will bring to the table of life. He wants to educate caregivers and their veterans on how to navigate the Veterans Affairs system by teaching them from the perspective of the veteran. He also hopes that the foundation will teach Military Caregivers to seek out care for themselves as well.
William’s ultimate goal is to help the families of injured and wounded veterans learn how to navigate their new reality and show them that they can make it.
Melody Butler is a mother of three wonderful girls, and a wife to an amazing military man named Jason. Jason was a gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years, and Melody worked at Nordstrom as their Counter Manager for Philosophy. Melody and Jason’s free time was filled with cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance classes that their girls were involved in.
In 2012, the Butler family was living on Camp Pendleton and life for them was good and as normal as it could be when Melody’s husband and father are deployed overseas. The couples’ oldest daughters, Madison and Macey, were students at San Clemente High School and were both involved in the cheerleading program. Their youngest, Mia, was in kindergarten at San Onofre Elementary School on base and was in gymnastics in a nearby town.
Jason’s deployment assignment had him stationed in Afghanistan with the foreign military on a special assignment, and it turned out that it was this assignment that rocked the Butler’s world. During Jason’s 10th month of deployment, Melody got a call that no wife ever wants to receive. Jason was injured in an ambush, and he had been medically evacuated to Germany. During the phone call, it became apparent to Melody that there were so many things about Jason’s injuries that were unknown, but the one thing she did know was that she loved her husband and that she would do everything she could to support him through his journey of healing while also providing a loving, safe, and understanding home environment for their children. Her caregiver life had begun.
Founder / Executive Director: Krystle Hamlett
Co-Founder / Fundraising Director: Sgt. William Hamlett
Secretary: Emily Mather
Treasurer: Melody Butler
Board Member: Rocio Tamayo