We are the family of Sgt. Dillion Naslund, and in his memory, we are reaching out in the hope that we can help others.
We are not counselors or therapists; just loving parents wanting to help save a soldier or family from the tremendous pain and tragedy such a loss bears.
After serving two tours overseas, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Dillion returned home from combat. We had no idea he was struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).
On December 10, 2012, Dillion took his own life.
Shortly after Dillion’s death, we came across a quote: “If we each do a little, together we can do a lot.” Reading this deeply impacted us, motivating us to do what we can to reach out. Later, we learned from a CNN article that 22 veterans commit suicide each day and felt an urgent need to help other soldiers and families going through the battles of PTSI. We chose to be a bridge for families and veterans to connect them with any resources available: Dillion didn’t know of these and felt alone in his battles. We want other veterans and those who love them to know that they are not alone. There is help.
Currently, we are partnering with Operation Engage America, an organization created by Howard and Jean Somers of San Diego, California after their son, Daniel Somers, took his own life as a result of PTSI. They use their vision for this organization to put together resources to engage Americans in the process of helping to heal our service members. We join hands in the effort to meet our goal of organizing a grassroots event every June across America to share any resources we can.