New Berlin soldier returns home from Fort Hood, recalls shooting



NEW BERLIN (WITI) -- Coming home has never felt so good for a New Berlin soldier stationed at Fort Hood. Private First Class Brandon Miller spent nine months in Afghanistan with the Army, but April 2nd was one of the scariest times he's experienced, during a shooting at the base.

PFC Miller returned to the states three weeks ago, hoping to find safety at Fort Hood -- but Wednesday was like another day at war.

"I was in my barracks room and the alarms were going off," said PFC Miller. "They came over the PA system, take cover, take shelter, stay away from windows."

PFC Miller was on the phone with his grandmother when the shooter opened fire on his fellow soldiers, killing three and wounding 16 others, before turning the gun on himself.

"I prayed and I prayed and I prayed," said Cheryl Vraney, PFC Miller's grandma.

"I could see where it was. There was a lot of lights, sirens," said PFC Miller. "It was just unbelievable. I was petrified."

PFC Miller spent hours on lock down, wondering and worrying what would happen.

"I felt angry -- the anger that I couldn't do anything about it, the anger that one of us turned on our own," PFC Miller said.

PFC Miller returned home to his family Thursday, April 3rd, as friends, neighbors and loved ones welcomed him with open arms. His thoughts and prayers, he said, are still with those who couldn't do the same.

"I express my grief for the families of Fort Hood, but hopefully the United States Army will have a plan -- will have a good plan," said PFC Miller.

As of now, PFC Miller doesn't believe he lost any friends in the shooting. He will spend the next few weeks at home on leave before returning to Fort Hood.