Maj. Patrick Miller, the Allegany native wounded in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 2, went home Tuesday.
As might be expected, being home is “awesome,” he said.
Miller, 32, was released from the hospital Tuesday, two weeks after he was shot in the abdomen by an Iraq War veteran who shot 19 people, killing three, during an eight-minute rampage.
Miller’s parents, John and Carole Miller, of Allegany, accompanied their son and his wife, Ashley, to their Texas home.
The major said he is thankful for all the prayers and good wishes of Western New Yorkers who followed his recovery.
“I’ve kind of been off the grid,” Miller said of his time in the hospital but added that he is getting up to speed with social media.
He was unable to leave his hospital room to make the memorial service last week at Fort Hood attended by President Obama but received the word Tuesday he was being discharged.
“I’m feeling better, feeling better every day, getting stronger,” he said.
The St. Bonaventure University graduate underwent several surgeries and was in the intensive care unit after the shooting.
“You get cabin fever after awhile,” he said.
He said returning home is a “big step” to recovery.
Miller graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2003 with a degree in physical education and later earned a master’s degree in business administration and public administration from Syracuse University.
A veteran of two tours of duty in the Iraq War, Miller rushed to save others as gunfire erupted at Fort Hood.
Stars and Stripes, the U.S. Army newspaper, reported that Rep. John R. Carter, whose district includes the giant Army base, credited Miller with herding soldiers behind an office door and out of harm’s way as Spc. Ivan A. Lopez riddled the area with rounds from a civilian handgun. Lopez killed himself when he was challenged by military police.