Harold Milling, World War II veteran, will be a part of the Honor Flight Chicago leaving September 21, 2011.

Staff Encourages Veteran to Attend in Wake of Recent Illness

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:00 am

Kankakee, IL (September 14, 2011) – World War II veteran Harold Milling gets a little choked up when you talk to him about his war days. Just imagine what it meant to him to find out he’d be part of the Honor Flight Chicago.

Honor Flight Chicago was founded to recognize Veterans – most specifically WWII Veterans – with a day of honor, remembrance and celebration from a proud and grateful nation.

Milling, a former Essex resident and current Miller Rehabilitation Center patient, will board the upcoming Honor Flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C. September 21, 2011. While in D.C., he will make his first visit to the World War II Memorial.

“After seeing pictures, it is the best memorial there. It is the memorial for my boys and my war,” Milling said.

Milling, who had waited two years for this opportunity, received his letter of acceptance and put it aside dejectedly, feeling he was not well enough to attend. The former medical corp soldier has been recuperating the last six months from a devastating illness at Sojourn’s Miller Rehabilitation Center. His CNA Samantha Staniszeski, encouraged him to talk about the trip with staff, who could tell from the tears in his eyes that this was important to him.

Miller Nurse Cheryl Koster, contacted his doctors, received permission, and proceeded to collaborate with Miller’s rehabilitation team to work on the necessary skills that the trip would require. Now the day has come to make his dream come true.

Milling, a humble man, does not consider himself a hero and continues to be surprised by those who stop to thank him for his service. His eyesight initially prevented him from being drafted, but eventually was part of the invasion of Normandy and served in France, England and Germany. He later served at an army hospital during the Korean War. He also worked for Riverside Medical Center.

About Sojourn Miller Rehabilitation Center

Miller Rehabilitation Center is a 160-bed sub acute facility under Riverside HealthCare in Kankakee, Illinois. It offers a state of the art rehabilitation center supervised by a Doctor of Rehabilitation Medicine, a restorative nursing program, and utilizes computer-aided applications and technology to enhance the therapy experience. Highly recognized, the facility is rated “5-Star” by CMS and is minutes away from Riverside Medical Center’s award-winning services.


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