FORT HOOD (July 7, 2014) Major Patrick Miller, one of the soldiers wounded in the April 2 shooting at Fort Hood, came back to Central Texas this past weekend after he received a hero’s welcome at his New York hometown.
I’m feeling better, I’m feeling stronger and healing everyday,” Miller told News 10 after he stepped off an airplane at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport on Saturday.
Miller, a member of a medical brigade, was in one of the buildings when Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on April 2, after an argument over his request for leave from Fort Hood.
Lopez killed Sgt. Timothy Owens, Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, and injured 16 other soldiers before taking his own life after a female MP confronted him in a parking lot.
Miller, who was shot in the abdomen, is credited with keeping others soldiers safe from the gunman.
He’s been nominated to receive the Soldier’s Medal for his actions.
“It's been a long last couple of months,” Miller said Saturday.
“It's been the hardest thing me and my wife have ever had to do.”
Miller spent last week at his hometown in New York where he was Grand Marshal at Allegany’s Old Home Week parade.
He said the time at home helped him with his recovery.
He’ll not be back at Fort Hood long as soon he’ll transition to a new job at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.