SPC (Ret.) Dillon Cannon, USA
SPC (Ret.) Dillon Cannon grew up in Richmond, TX and found his love for the military when he attended the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX. He enjoyed the “brotherhood,” the structure, the security, and the service to his country.
Dillon was deployed to Iraq in November 2006 with a Military Police Company. While running an escort in December of 2006, Dillon's company received report of an improvised explosive device and halted the caravan. The caravan was attached and Dillon, the gunner atop his vehicle, was hit in the neck by a sniper's bullet. He was flown to Germany for a surgical procedure on his back lasting ten hours. Dillon was then transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and later to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, where he received outpatient physical therapy.
The bullet left Dillon with quadriplegia. He has extremely limited use of his hands and has no movement below the chest. Today Dillon resides in his specially adapted Helping A Hero home in Texas. He looks forward to moving forward with his life and says, "God spared my life for a reason. I am meant to be here on this earth and become a productive person."