BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Army Major Patrick Miller compares the past week he has spent in Western New York to recharging his batteries.
“Emotionally, it’s such an uplift and it boosts the energy, just like the special people we have here in Western New York,” said the St. Bonaventure University graduate who was shot in the stomach by a fellow soldier who killed three and injured 15 others at Fort Hood, Texas.
From the moment he arrived last week at the airport, he was greeted by the Patriot Guard Riders who escorted a limo bus all the way to his home town of Allegany.
The next day there was a homecoming parade just for him. The day after the parade he was spotted in the Buffalo Sabres store and was brought up on stage with the General Manager and the team’s new first round draft pick.
“That was awesome, as a huge Bills and Sabres fan,” said Miller.
It’s been over three months since he was shot. He believes he’s about 85 percent recovered but hasn’t been able to do rigorous exercise.
This week was time to relax and truly appreciate Independence Day.
“The thing that makes our country so special is that we have that freedom. We have freedom that no other country has and we celebrate the day when we actually signed the Declaration of Independence saying we became a free country.”
After feeling the love of his hometown, he’s ready to get back to Army life.
“Just to kind of put Fort Hood in the rear view mirror and turn the page and start a new chapter, but you know in the meantime, just coming home and seeing everybody and having the last six or seven days.”
Miller will head back to Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, and then hit the road again the following week. His Army unit will be moving to Fort Leavenworth near Kansas City.