For The Veteran... By A Veteran
Provided by SSG (Ret.) Mike Mills


Personal Picture Gallery:

This is before the explosion.

I had to include this picture. I am proud to have served with the soldiers of Bravo Co. 434th MSB ARNG from St. Cloud, MN. We where attached to the 50th MSB from Teaneck, NJ while in Iraq.

Mid July 2005 - This was my last day in ICU. My wife is on the right and for you young folks, that is Ted Nugent on my left. I wish I could remember it!

July 2006 - A lot of songs have been written about Iraq. I had the honor of meeting one of the song writers who not only wrote a song but also fought the fight. Luke Stricklin wrote "American by God's Amazing Grace" while serving with US Army out of Ft Hood, TX.

December 2006.

August 2007 - We had the chance to visit Boise State University. That is me and my son sitting on the field at BSU. GO BRONCOS

October 19, 2007 - My wife and I were invited down to Ft. Sam Houston TX for the dedication of a sun shelter. Pictured are (left to right) Me, my wife Suhanna, Ted and Shemane Nugent.

This was our first family vacation since before my deployment. I may be missing a few fingers, but I can't let that stop me from enjoying my family.

My truck is a rolling tribute to fallen friends.

In Oct. of 2008, Governor Tim Pawlenty re-presented the Purple Heart to me. As I don't remember the presentation while I was in the hospital in Texas, this was quite an honor. As an added bonus this was witnessed by my children and other family and friends.

Many, many thanks to my wife, Suki, for arranging everything. I love you!

Not only is this the 1st turkey I shot as a veteran, but it is the 1st turkey I have ever shot! Also it is the 1st time that I have fired a gun since my injury in Iraq. A lot of firsts with this turkey...he sure was delicious!

On May 16, 2009, I had the privilege to assist in the "laying of wreath" during a dedication ceremony for a memorial depicting all branches of the military that our Lions Clubs worked effortlessly to create.

Pictured with me is Jim Notch a Lions member in the center and Norb Renneker a WW II Veteran on the right.