Fund established to help fallen PTC soldier

Thu, 08/27/2009 - 3:49pm
By: John Munford

Soldier injured_Berschinski, Daniel

A McIntosh graduate is convalescing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after he was seriously injured in Afghanistan last week.

Daniel Berschinski, a 1st lieutenant in the Army, lost both his legs in an explosion when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while his unit secured a village in Afghanistan Aug. 17, a family friend told The Citizen.

A fund has been established to help the Berschinski family as they will need to make multiple trips back and forth between Washington to help care for Daniel. Donations may be sent dropped off at the SouthCrest Bank in Tyrone on Ga. Highway 74 across from the SouthHampton Publix shopping center.

Donations may also be mailed to 105 St. Stephens Court, Suite A, Tyrone, Ga. 30290.

Berschinski, who earned his Eagle Boy Scout as a member of Peachtree City’s Troop 175, is being visited in Washington, D.C. by his parents Bob and Susan and brother Rob, who works as a civilian for the office of the secretary of defense in Washington.

The doctors don’t think Berschinski suffered any brain damage but he lost both his legs in the blast, the family friend said.

Berschinski is a member of the Army’s 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 17th regiment. He graduated from McIntosh High School in 2002.

Local photographer Rainy Chastine has offered to collect flight passes, frequent flyer miles, and donations for the family at her Fayetteville studio located at 255 East Lanier Avenue, Fayetteville.

Chastine is asking for get well wishes, cards, photos and the like to be sent to so they can be put in a digital frame for Berschinski to watch in his room.

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Submitted by Brian Hutchinson on Sat, 08/29/2009 - 2:38pm.

Thank you for your service to your country. Just like setting yourself in goal to defend against a PK, in spite of all your training & hard work, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Hopefully, your buddies will get the Islamic cowards who fight behind women, children & mosques, and let Allah give them their 72 virgins.
Helen, Kristin, Randy & I know that you will recover from this temporary setback & be almost as good as new. You have the entire PTC community behind you 110% Come home as soon as you can. We'll have a golf cart to ride & keg stands to perform.
See you soon.
God Bless

Submitted by ericanicolemusic on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 9:48pm.

Thank you for your incredible service to our Great Country. It is because of you and our Military that we here at home can walk free. You are a true Hero and May God Bless You each and every day.
I send my Love, my Prayers and Blessings to you and your family.
God Bless,
Erica Nicole

Submitted by spunkypeach on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 8:13am.

Thank you, Dan, for your service to keep our country safe. My prayers are with you and I know that you will make a strong recovery. I think Fayette County is a strong-knit community and now is the time to pull together and help out our fellow family and need and show our appreciation to this hero.

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 7:21am.

...and show our support. Whether you believed in the effort that caused his injury or not let's all assist where we can. The uniform he wears represents each of us.

I'll be at the Tyrone bank when it opens tomorrow.

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