Sgt. Derrick Miller: He Fought For Them, But They Won’t Fight For Him


“Democrats can’t hide their contempt for military,” Washington Times

As I read this article, I am reminded of many meetings with Maryland reps up on the hill, spanning 3 years, to secure relief/release for Sgt. Derrick Miller from Leavenworth. Derrick, unlike others in Leavenworth, has NEVER received a reduction in his life sentence.

Sgt. Miller’s mother, Renee Myers, has endured the ultimate run around like I’ve never seen from the representatives in her home state of Maryland. She also has endured insult, and one particular meeting comes to my mind.

In a meeting with Chris Schloesser, an assistant to Congresswoman Donna Edwards, I asked Mr. Schloesser what he had to say to this mother, who cries herself to sleep at night for her incarcerated Soldier Son, while President Obama releases terrorists out of Gitmo, right and left. His reply I will never forget: in a bold and horribly insensitive manner, he looked at us and loudly and emphatically stated “BUT WE’RE TRYING TO CLOSE GITMO!” That was the end of the meeting for me. Mr. Schloesser did promise Derrick’s mother he would look into helping as his brother was a bigwig in the 101st. She never heard from Schloesser again.

We have attempted to put together a Maryland Delegation, truly essential in efforts to secure relief/reduction in Sgt. Miller’s life sentence, but to no avail. Based on personal experience, and three years and many trips to DC later, I know one thing for sure, it is true the “Democrats can’t hide their contempt for the military,” and I can assure you that in Maryland, they sure don’t even try to hide it!

We have since set out to secure support for Derrick among Republicans, and I believe we may finally get help. We endured the run around for three wasted years that Derrick and his children will never get back. We did this with earnest because it is customary and essential to secure support for a Soldier from reps in their home state in order to affect status in their conviction. We were NEVER able to get all Maryland Reps to come together and fight for their Son from Maryland.

Veteran Charlie Rangel wrote one meaningful letter on behalf of his Brother. He requested a clemency hearing for Derrick and one was granted. Clemency was denied. Congressman Rangel is from New York and we are grateful for his letter.

Congressman Cummings and Congressman Chris Van Hollen wrote pathetic letters. Van Hollen asked the Army:

“Given the complicated circumstances surrounding Sergeant Miller’s conviction, I am requesting your consideration of whether a reduction in length of sentence is warranted.”

Wow, that’s some fight there by former Congressman Van Hollen to secure relief for this Maryland Son and constituent! I bet he never wore a uniform, and thank God for that!

Congressman Cummings wrote a letter and with no answer received after 6 months, his office wasn’t sure what to do next?!! Sure seems to me when a Congressman doesn’t get a response from the Army within 6 weeks, follow-up would be in short order, IF one is truly engaged in fighting for a constituent!

I find it disgusting and heartbreaking that representatives who enjoy precious freedom and safety provided to them by our military will not fight for a Soldier as he fought for them!

For the record, shame on any lowlife who would fight for the release of terrorists yet remain silent as an American Son rots in Leavenworth, all because he did his best to protect his Brothers and himself!

How does a lowlife sleep at night after boldly shoving his defense to release terrorists in the face of a grieving mother whose very son risked his life to keep the lowlife free and safe?!!!!!

I think the answer to that question is on full display by the Democrat’s outrage to our President honoring a War Hero and his widow. Honoring the sacrifices made by our military is abhorrent to them. You see, they celebrate with a Rose Garden ceremony, the homecoming of a traitor, Bowe Bergdahl, swapped for 5 of the worst of the worst terrorists!

And let’s not forget this: It seems if you are Hillary Clinton, you can blame reckless decisions that result in the deaths of 4 brave American Sons in Benghazi on the “fog of war,” but a good Soldier like Sgt. Derrick Miller, who willingly deployed 3 times to the horrendously dangerous “win their hearts and minds” battlefield of Afghanistan, gets slammed away for life for protecting himself and his Brothers. This good Soldier isn’t afforded the “fog of war” defense!  

If you live in the state of Maryland, please pick up the phone and ask your representatives why there is not a Maryland Delegation supporting mercy and a reduction in sentence for their brave Maryland Son, Sgt. Miller! Let them know that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, was literally boots on the ground operating in the real “fog of war!”

Thank You,

Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers


“Warriors Come From Warriors

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