The Selfless Among Us: A Married Veterinarian on a Mission to Mental Health Care Veteran

Cindy and Chad Miller, married Air Force veterans of Clarence Center, go to great lengths to help fellow vets with psychological issues at home.

Clarence, NY – Chad and Cynthia Miller married the Clarence Center in 2011, and their shared passion for serving their country is perhaps their greatest bond.

“We say our honeymoon was in Afghanistan because we got married and we got published two or three months later,” Cindy Miller laughed.

Cindy Miller served twice as a paramedic in Afghanistan. Her husband, Chad, a technical sergeant whose job was as commander of artillery protecting military convoys, has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf five times. Now, in their mid-30s, they are busy parents of three young children, and Air Force veterans who continue to share the same passion: helping their fellow combatants get much-needed mental health care.

said Cindy Miller, a behavioral health nurse.

She recently opened her own clinic on Sheridan Road in Williamsville strong minds. She said that any veteran who walked through her door, no matter how hard they could pay, would be able to get help from someone who could communicate.

“There is a huge shortage of providers with any kind of military experience and I think that’s where the care gap is,” she said. “When you try to explain to a presenter what you experienced upon posting, no one can relate to that unless they actually lived it. Let me help you, because I was there. I can relate and I have the power to help.”

Cindy Miller said that when veterans finally gathered the courage to ask for help, there should be no barriers in the way of treatment.

“A lot of veterans don’t have any kind of health insurance or have a high or deductible joint right, and that prevents them from getting any kind of services. I myself tried to get services with the VA and was refused,” she said. “Even when you take the step of saying, ‘Okay, I’m ready to talk to someone,’ you can’t even get help. So any veteran I see, I don’t get paid for them. It’s just about a vet communicating with a vet, And being able to help each other and that’s it.”

Chad Miller admits that he needed to help himself.

“It’s been a constant barrage of mortars and rockets for months at a time, and you’re going to go from widespread anxiety, come home trying to adapt and struggle to adapt,” he said. “In 2019, I came out and confessed to attempting suicide in 2009 and again in 2018 where I was on a low note and had suicidal thoughts. Being vulnerable is not weakness. Talking about things and moving on is the way to go.”

Watch a previous WGRZ feature on Chad Miller here.

Chad Miller is moving forward by sharing his story and pushing his body.

He’s preparing to ride a 3,000-mile transatlantic race in December with three Air Force buddies on Team Fight OAR Die.

Chad Miller says the mission, which lasted for about two months, goes beyond raising funds and awareness for the mental health of veterans. He wants to inspire vets to find their target.

“Yes, you have done so many good things, you never lose sight of it, but that was before, what are you doing now?” Chad Miller said.

As for what Chad Miller is now doing, in addition to training with his racing team – they hope to complete in 49 days to set a new world record – he’s a busy stay-at-home dad, volunteering with several veteran organizations, and entering his second year of nursing school to specialize in care Veterans’ mental health, just like Cindy.

The Millers are a selfless couple, who sacrifice a lot to support their fellow veterans and each other.

“Our relationship, there is no way we could be stronger because we went to war together,” Cindy Miller said.

To connect with Cindy Miller at Strong Minds, click here.

To learn more about the Fight OAR Die mission in Chad, click here.

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