Bridge dedicated to Sgt. Dillon Naslund

An official dedication of a bridge on Highway 20 southwest of Galva in memory of Sgt. Dillion Naslund of Galva was held Oct. 31 at the American Legion Hall in Galva. Naslund was a member of the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, both units of Iowa’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry “Red Bull”Division. He served two tours overseas, the first in Iraq from June 2007 until May 2008 and the second in Afghanistan from August 2010 until September 2011. Naslund lost his battle with combat related PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and completed suicide Dec. 10, 2012. Since his death, his parents, Jeff and Lisa Naslund of Galva, and others have worked to bring awareness of PTS and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through Operation Engage America, a national organization they helped start to bring support, education and resources to veterans and First Responders. During the dedication, Lisa Naslund thanked all of those who worked to get the bridge named after Dillion. She also noted how appropriate it is that a bridge over the Maple River would be named in his honor, as he spent many hours canoeing on the river.