Veteran William Hamlett inspires community

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Veteran Sgt. William Hamlett arrives with his classic Nova street rod at the car show at Anza Summer Nights Saturday, Sept. 7. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Sgt. William Hamlett is well known in the Anza Valley community as a kind man, willing to pull cars out of the mud with his big Chevy truck, speak to curious children about his off-road electric wheelchair and show off his Chevrolet Nova street rod, describing every horsepower gain and special part. But life is not easy for Hamlett, his wife Krystle and two children, Alyssa and Wilan. Their story is inspiring. Hamlett deals with post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and many muscular skeletal injuries as a result of his service to the country. “I went to Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island in 2001 officially, but was a part of the Military Entrance Processing Station from the 10th grade until I left in August 2001 for boot camp,” Hamlett said. “I was also a part o
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