Dillion Naslund was a 25 year old veteran having served with the 133rd Regiment and served in Iraq for 4 years and had just come from a 1 year Middle East deployment. Just like other parents, the Naslunds were happy to have their son back home and he also seemed to enjoy being back and sharing time with family and friends. Things soon fell apart with Dillion suffering depression and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD after his family took him to the Veteran Affairs, a stress disorder common among combat returnees, in Dillions case, treatment seemed to have worked, but in hindsight, the Naslunds believe he just got better at hiding his situation from the family, Dillion sent a text to his ex-girlfriend on December 10th who alerted his parents, he was later found dead, he had committed suicide.
Following their son’s death, the Naslunds realized many more families were dealing with situations similar to theirs, the Veteran Affairs says roughly 20 veterans commit suicide daily, about 1 death every hour. This statistic is what buoyed the Naslunds to start Engage America, an organization that helps bring together veterans ,their families and friends by offering support programs such as health (mental and medical), education (check more on their website http://www.operationengageamerica.org/) and also help connect them to other veteran care organizations.
If you know any returned veteran who might need their help, or any veteran, you might refer them and have them get help and gun down PTSD.