Injured soldier reaches out to public for first time

FT. HOOD, TX (WIVB) - Allegany native Major Patrick Miller reached out to the public for the first time late Wednesday night after getting shot at Fort Hood.

Major Miller tweeted, “Wanted to take a moment to genuinely thank EVERYONE for all the warm-felt thoughts and prayers as I continue to recover and gain strength.”

Wednesday President Barack Obama paid his respects to the victims of last week’s shooting in which a gunman killed three, injured 16 and killed himself.  The president spoke during a memorial service saying that the nation is drawing strength from the relatives of the victims.  The president promised the country will increase efforts to help servicemen in need of mental health treatment.

Before the president spoke, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno, had words of congratulations for Major Patrick Miller, “There’s the heroism of Sgt. First Class Ferguson and Major Patrick Miller who was shot while trying to protect others behind closed doors. They blocked the advance of the shooter and undoubtedly saved the lives of many soldiers.”

The memorial service was held on the same lawn where a similar memorial was held for 13 people killed and more than 30 wounded during another attack at Fort Hood in 2009.

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