Major Patrick Miller Still Recovering as President Obama Speaks at Ft. Hood Shooting Memorial
Ft. Hood, TX - Wednesday marked the second time in two years that President Obama traveled to Fort Hood following a mass shooting involving soldiers at the sprawling Army base. But with that sorrow we have also learned of the courage of some soldiers, including a young officer from the village of Allegany.
According to his family, Major Patrick Miller continues to recover from the gunshot wound he suffered in the abdomen.
As we heard earlier this week from the Stars and Stripes newspaper and members of Congress in Texas, the Miller, 32, is credited with leading some soldiers to safety and even notifying base security after he himself was shot.
We also know that Major Miller had been deployed overseas in war zones. The President in his remarks referred to the twist of fate where those who serve under dangerous conditions then face a shooting on their stateside base. President Obama said "Once more soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home where they're supposed to safe. We still do not know exactly why. In our open society, on advanced bases like this we can never eliminate every risk. But as a nation we can do more to help counsel those with mental health issues."
The family says Major Miller, who is from the village of Allegany, was unable to attend Wednesday's service, but his wife and his father-in-law did attend. Major Miller did meet with the Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno.
Major Miller sent this tweet out Wednesday evening:
President Barack Obama says the nation is drawing strength from relatives of the victims of the fatal shootings last week at Fort Hood.