Sgt. Dillion Donald Naslund
Dillion was born July 2, 1987. While growing up on the family farm in Iowa, Dillion and his friends would play army men. On March 25, 2005, Dillion, a junior in high school, joined the Iowa Army National Guard. He graduated from basic training and returned home to complete his senior year in high school, graduating in 2006. After that, he went to Fort Benning, Georgia for Advanced Individual Training. He insisted he wanted to be an Infantryman! While his mother urged him to choose something not so dangerous, he would laugh and tell her “Mom, you know I have to be up front where the action is!”
Dillion served two tours overseas. First in Iraq from June 2007 until May 2008. He served in Afghanistan from August 2010 until Sept 2011. He was a proud member of the Iowa National Guard's 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment (1-168th Inf.) and 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment (1-133rd Inf.). Both are units of Iowa's 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B.C.T.), 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division. He was proud to be a Red Bull Infantryman!
SADLY HIS WORLD CHANGED upon returning from war, the horrors of war took its toll in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI). The nightmares and flashbacks took over. His world turned upside down and as hard as he tried to cope with the BEAST of war, on December 10th,2012 Dillion took his own life.
Through Dillion’s pain and family heartache many soldiers have gone on to get help for their own PTSI.
DILLION’S LEGACY: TO URGE OTHERS TO REACH OUT FOR HELP - TO SAVE EVEN ONE MORE LIFE!