Houston, TX – February 23, 2012 – The Texas Sentinels Foundation announces today that SGT. Andrew Miller, US Army, a resident of Houston, is the newest recipient of the Texas Sentinels Foundation Life Scholarship that benefits wounded warriors.
SGT. Miller, an Infantryman, serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan, was wounded in an IED explosion while on patrol on Sept. 11, 2010. SGT. Miller suffered many injuries to include the loss of his leg. After recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C. and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for almost two years, he was medically retired from the Army in February 2012.
SGT. Miller plans to attend college in Houston to earn a degree in finance. While serving our country, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart, The Army Accommodation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, NATO Service Medal and the Afghanistan Service Ribbon. In Afghanistan, he was the Infantry Team Leader and the Squad Designated Marksman.
“I loved the team aspect of the military and enjoyed the hard work,” SGT. Miller said. “I’m extremely excited for the next phase of my life and look forward to the challenges of going back to school after being away from it for some time.”
The Texas Sentinels Foundation is helping SGT. Miller by offsetting the cost of relocation and transition to civilian life.
“The Texas Sentinels Foundation is honored to be a part of the transition process for SGT. Miller,” said Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susan Barlow. “It is important for all Americans to support our military heroes and wounded warriors as they begin a new and vital chapter in their lives.”
The Texas Sentinels Foundation was founded by Richard and Jeanne Filip in 2007 and its mission is to support wounded warriors transition into civilian life while building awareness in the communities where they live and work. The Filips are owners of RE/MAX of Texas, the regional office that serves all RE/MAX franchise offices in the state.
When employees of the regional RE/MAX office heard about SGT. Miller’s story, they came together to donate money and supplies to the Texas Sentinels Foundation to benefit the wounded warrior’s relocation to Houston.
“After recuperating, he was discharged with basically his clothes and a few personal items,” said RE/MAX of Texas Regional Director Dana Tuggle. “As you can imagine, setting up an apartment and adapting to a new way of life outside of the military can be overwhelming and he has done so with an amazing attitude. SGT. Miller’s story of his combat experiences and successful recovery has led to him be a guest speaker at numerous venues including elementary schools where the children embraced him and learned a valuable lesson about patriotism, American values, courage and determination.”
This week, Alma and Brian Logan – owners of RE/MAX Real Estate Associates in Houston – offered SGT. Miller a job at their office and committed to work around his upcoming college enrollment and school schedule. They are also committed to mentoring our wounded warriors through the Texas Sentinels Foundation.
To make a donation or to get involved with the Texas Sentinels Foundation, visit http://www.texassentinels.org
Download Andrew Miller’s high-resolution photograph in (JPG) format. Photo by Peter Tran for the Texas Sentinels Foundation.