Today two movers came to my house to move furniture to my younger daughter’s apartment. One man noticed my husband’s military history books.
“I was in the army for 10 years,” he said. “Four tours in
I told him that I had just written a novel about that time and I asked if he’d like a copy. He said yes and asked if I’d sign it.
And he wanted the book signed to 1LT (first lieutenant) and his full name. And then he asked if I’d add that this was from the wife of 1LT Mitch Miller (my husband) and the words “Welcome Home.”
“I didn’t get a ‘welcome home,’” he said. “I got called a babykiller by a Hare Krishna. I pulled off his hair tail and got thrown in jail only three hours after I arrived back in the
After the man moved another piece of furniture, he told me he became a sheriff in LA County after that. But he decided to leave the sheriff’s department after the following incident:
He had his gun out as he passed down the side of a house looking for someone. An eight-year-old boy pointed a .357 Magnum at him. “And the only reason I didn’t shoot and kill that little boy was because I’d been in
“That’s why I got out. When I realized I could have killed that boy who didn’t know any better. Just doing what his parents had taught him.”
As the mover departed he said, “Tell you husband ‘welcome home’ from one vet to another.”
Fighting back the tears, I turned to my daughter and said, “Those feelings never die. It’s been so many years and yet all he wanted was someone to say ‘welcome home.’”