Family Gives Thanks For Local Soldier's Life

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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24-year-old Army Specialist Michael Owen's job is to find and detonate I.E.D's. But this weekend he was left with near fatal wounds after his vehicle was hit by an explosive in Iraq. His parents say this Thanksgiving, they're just thankful their son survived.

"That phone call was just devastating. There's no way to explain," said Laurie Miller, who's son was recently injured serving in Iraq, "The last four days have been hell."

It's a phone call Jeff and Laurie Miller knew was a possibility. The one telling them their son had been nearly killed by an explosion.

"You always think about the black military vehicle pulling up in front of your house," said Laurie.

Owen, 24 and a Northwest High alum, is a specialist in the Army. During two deployments, his vehicle has been hit nearly a dozen times, but this weekend was different.

"He has six pieces of shrapnel that went through his upper left thigh," said Jeff Miller, who's Owen's step dad.

Owen's femoral artery was severed. His parents credit a sergeant Owen worked with on his first tour who just happened to be on a ridealong the day of the explosion, with saving his life.

"How God works is just amazing," said Jeff.

Now, his parents say they're looking forward to seeing their son for the first time since the explosion on Thanksgiving in San Antonio, where's he's hospitalized.

"I'm just glad he's alive. I mean what more could a mother ask for," said Laurie.

"He's the one I look up to right now. He's my hero," said Jeff.

It's a Thanksgiving the Millers say they have a lot to be grateful for and hope others stop and think of those who have sacrificed.

"Pray for them, support them, talk to them, tell them you love them. Always tell them you love them," said Laurie.

The Miller's don't know just how long their son will be in the hospital. We have talked to the Kansas Legion Riders and they are working on setting up a fund to help the family out.

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