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Minnesota Combat Wounded Veteran to receive American Patriot Award

A spokesman from the American Patriot Program has announced that it has awarded its first Minnesota selection the American Patriot award

American Patriot Texas selection honored during Texas Rangers baseball game
American Patriot Texas selection honored during Texas Rangers baseball game


PRLog (Press Release) " Oct 14, 2009 " The American Patriot Program, or TAPP, has selected Freeport, Minnesota resident and combat wounded veteran Staff Sgt Mike Mills to receive a prestigious national level award  The national team of organizations from around America honors members of the US armed forces that have been wounded in combat operations defending the United States of America

Staff Sgt Mike Mills was a member of the 434th Main Support Battalion when hurt in June, 2005, and will receive an American Patriot Award tomorrow in Freeport, MN This is the first award presented to a combat wounded veteran from Minnesota

"Staff Sgt Mike Mills went through an experience that most cannot even fathom for our freedom and you better believe we are a united national team to honor this man" said TAPP's nomination chief advisor and President of America Supports You Texas Jack Barnes, of Amarillo, Texas

Mike Mills was severely injured in 2005 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device cracked his clavicle, broke multiple foot and scapula bones  The explosion also covered the Staff Sgt in flames in the explosion, burning over 30% of his body

The Saint Paul Saints have produced the American Patriot authentic commemorative game jersey for Staff Sgt Mike Mills for the upcoming honor event while MaxBat, Inc has been selected to craft the American Patriot commemorative baseball bat

Jason Speidel with TAPP teams' Maxbat, Inc, of Brooten, Minnesota commented [that] "Mike Mills is the kind of man you want to do more for and we are all profoundly honored to have been chosen to produce this award for an American hero from Minnesota"

Minnesota Twins television broadcaster Bert Blyleven, a supporter of the TAPP program, said of the news, "Minnesota's own Mike Mills is very deserving of this award; my wife Gail and I cannot thank this man enough for what he has given our country"  

TAPP founder and national director Wes Hazlett is working with the City of Freeport, Minnesota and an official Veterans Service Officer close to the Mills family to formalize a TAPP Honor Event that allows for a public show of solidarity and for a public presentation of the American Patriot award

Of TAPP's selection of Mike Mills, Hazlett emphasized, of the Mike Mills nomination from a St Cloud, Minnesota resident, "reading about the passion alone in the man that nominated Mike Mills alone, we knew that we were dealing with a true story of American heroism"

Staff Sgt Mike Mills is now a celebrated 'American Patriot' and has earned the deep respect and admiration of all the organizations that make up the all volunteer national team of the American Patriot Program  Mills becomes only the eighth American Patriot selection and the first ever Minnesota selection

The Office of the Governor of the State of Minnesota has joined in to recognize the national level award with official letter of recognition while Missouri's Silver Star Families of America Founder Steve Newton, in solidarity, has invited Mills to attend a Veterans Day ceremonial award presentation of the Silver Star Banner award  Silver Star Families of America serves as one of TAPP's official nomination national relay points

An official TAPP dispatch of information will be released by the American Patriot Program that announces the specifics of the Mike Mills American Patriot Honor Event tentatively set within late October and the first week of November

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