A former Fort Drum soldier injured during Wednesdays shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, is recovering from his injuries, according to a report by the Buffalo News.
The mother of Maj. Patrick W. Miller, Carole, told the paper that her son was doing better, and that he wants to be up and walking around. The paper said Maj. Miller, of Allegany, was shot in the abdomen during the incident.
Maj. Miller was one of 16 soldiers wounded by a soldier at the installation. Four soldiers died during the shooting, including the gunman, who killed himself.
In his LinkedIn profile, Maj. Miller listed himself as serving at Fort Drum from October 2011 through August 2013, when he worked as chief financial officer for the posts Medical Department Activity.
During his time at Fort Drum, Maj. Miller played a season with the Watertown Red and Black semipro football team, where he played linebacker and filled in on special teams.
Coach George Ashcraft said Maj. Miller was very sociable during his year on the team, while remaining a tough player willing to put in hard work. He gave his 110 percent on everything he did, Mr. Ashcroft said. You can just tell hes 110 percent on everything hes done.
In a statement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expressed his condolences to the victims of the shooting, including Maj. Miller by name.
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured victims and their families, he said.
The Buffalo News report can be found at http://wdt.me/BeuxAC.