It was nearly three months ago when Major Patrick Miller nearly lost his life in the shooting at Fort Hood. As he recovers, Miller will return to Western New York this coming weekend.
"It's been a very long two and a half months," says Miller, who was wounded in the stomach. He says he's had to learn patience because he's used to being active, and couldn't work out as he recovered. "It's primarily rest and allowing my body to heal, both internally and the incision from my last surgery," says Miller. "Having three major surgeries and a bout with pnuemonia, being sedentary is quite a change."
The Iraq war vet is looking forward to heading home, with his arrival set for this weekend. "We're having a clambake in Allegany Saturday afternoon, and then at night the parade which I'll be grand marshal for. Then I'll be having lunch with folks," says Miller. "I'm meeting with Senator Cathy Young who will present a resolution which they did in New York State, and then celebrate the 4th of July with my in-laws in Syracuse."
Miller says he's learned one important lesson: "You appreciate everything. You don't take anyone or anything for granted."