Army Sergeant Daniel R Nerstrom, born February 26, 1984 in Lake Forest, Illinois, beloved son of Douglas and Kim (nee Mitchell) Nerstrom.
He was a graduate of Oak Grove School and Libertyville High School in 2002.
Dan enlisted in the United States Army on Sept. 15, 2003, served his basic training at Fort Knox, KY and was a member of the 3rd ACR, Brave Rifles, 3rd Platoon, Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron at Fort Carson, CO. He left for the Iraq war in February 2005, returned February 2006 and was in Southern Baghdad during that deployment as a scout in the Third Armored Regiment. He was medically retired on February 5, 2013 and became a member of the Gurnee American Legion Post.
Surviving are his parents, Douglas and Kim (nee Mitchell) Nerstrom; sister Kelli (Mike) Luna; grandmother Carol Mitchell; his girlfriend Amanda Tiffany and her son Austin, who Dan always considered to be his son. He was also the dear nephew of Peter Nerstrom, Susan (Paul) Andrews, Mark Mitchell and Kelly (Kevin) McCormack. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, LeRoy and Gloria Nerstrom and Roger Mitchell.
SGT Daniel R Nerstrom lost his battle with PTS, March 13, 2015. He was 31 years old.
SGT Daniel Nerstrom, 30, went missing from his home in Libertyville, Illinois on December 1, 2014. Friends and family said Nerstrom was suffering from post traumatic stress. They said two of his closest friends died in combat when their armored vehicle hit a land mine, and the memory of that day had weighed heavily on him. They also said he suffered from night terrors and intense headaches that caused insomnia.
Kim Nerstrom, his mother, said in December that her son was struggling with war-related injuries just before he went missing, and that in the second week of November, he told doctors he needed help.
Nerstrom had been trying to set up an appointment with a therapist through the Department of Veterans Affairs since October, but it had been pushed back several times, his girlfriend, Amanda Tiffany, told the Daily Herald in December.
His family states, “if anyone wonders, it says the date of his death was March 13th because that was the day he was found, and the date that will be on record. He has been gone since the beginning.”
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Rest in peace, friend. You’re so missed.
I marched today, a seven mile walk in honor of Save22 in Carrollton, OH. I was given a badge with the image of Sgt. Nerstrom, which I wore during the parade. His story is sad and all too common. As a state legislator, I worked with a great group of Carroll County veterans to have the first Saturday in May recognized as Veterans Suicide Awareness Day in Ohio.