CHRIS MILLER / St. Louis Missouri
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Chris Miller, from the St. Louis, MO area, graduated high school in 2000 and joined the U.S. Army Reserves a few months later in September of 2000. After 9/11, being in the military meant so much more, and impacted his life greatly. He married his girlfriend of two years, Stephanie, in June of 2002, and was deployed six months later on his first stateside deployment in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving that six month mobilization, Chris came home for one year, and was mobilized again to support the training and readiness of units that were deploying to the Middle East. While serving in Ft. Riley, KS for over two years, he volunteered to be deployed overseas, and was sent to Ramadi, Iraq in February of 2007. While in Ramadi, Chris was a Squad Leader and Vehicle Commander for a Route Clearance Platoon in Bravo Company, 321st Engineer Battalion, Task Force Pathfinder. During his seven month deployment to Iraq, Chris went on 90 route clearance patrols, and in their one year tour the platoon found nearly 120 IEDs, and the company encountered over 300 IEDs.
After returning home from Iraq in late 2007, Chris enrolled full time in college and started receiving treatment at the VA for injuries and health conditions related to his service. The residual effects of all the explosions and other health issues changed his outlook on life and his future plans. After picking a different degree program, he graduated with honors from University of Missouri-St. Louis in May of 2010 with a teaching degree in Physical Education and Health. While in college, Chris and Stephanie had their first child in 2009, Zoe, and then had their second daughter in 2011, Eden.
Chris became active in the veteran community after participating in a workout competition through the Wounded Warrior Project and their one time partner organization, Pros vs. GI Joes. He met other veterans and realized that their is a close knit family, very similar to the one he had in the Army, that could help him regain the sense of camaraderie and sense of purpose. In the last few years, Chris has worked hard serving other veterans and their families, both through the Wounded Warrior Project as a Peer Mentor, through other veterans organizations, and by him and his wife starting their own non-profit organization that in part helps veterans. His organization conducts humanitarian aid both locally and internationally, and seeks a simple goal of helping people where ever they are, and in whatever way possible.
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