Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Waco VA Medical Center To Be Renamed After WWII Hero Petty Officer Doris Miller; PTSD Resources

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country...Capt. Nathan Hale

Waco VA Medical Center Honors WWII Hero Dorie Miller

Petty Officer Dorie Miller was the first black American to receive the Navy Cross. In 1941, he was a mess attendant and boxing champion aboard the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After carrying his seriously wounded captain to safety,  Miller got hold of a machine gun and helped rescue other wounded shipmates. Despite not having any training in the use of a machine gun, he was credited with downing three enemy aircraft.

Miller died in action in 1943 aboard the USS Liscome in the South Pacific after it was torpedoed.

The Waco (Texas) Veterans Medical Center will be renamed in Miller's honor tomorrow, Feb. 19, 2015.

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrayed Petty Officer Miller in the 2001 film, "Pearl Harbor."

PTSD Resources

  • All VA centers provide PTSD information and assistance.
  • Military One Source: 1.800.273.8255.
  • Community MH clinics.
  • Employee Assistance Programs.
  • Give An Hours: Providing MH services to military personnel and their families. They can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
  • National Center for Homeless Veterans. Contact: 1.877.424.3838.
  • Vet Centers with locations throughout the country. Contact: 1.800.273.8255 (Also this number can be accessed to assist in suicide prevention).

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