The Purple Heart is the oldest military award the United States of America gives to its service members. It’s sometimes called “the medal nobody wants,” because it’s given to those killed or wounded in combat. Now, a mid-Michigan man has joined those ranks. First Lieutenant William Milzarski is retired from the U-S Army. He first enlisted back on August 1, 1990 -- the day before Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He spent just a few years in as a heavy construction operator. He was injured, got out and eventually went to Cooley Law School. He became a civil rights attorney. Things were going along pretty well for him...and then came September 11, 2001. That’s when William Milzarski made a difficult and surprising decision to put on his country’s uniform for the second time. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has his remarkable story.
Last Friday, we brought you the story of William Milzarski, a retired Army officer who was awarded the Purple Heart. He was wounded in 2011 while serving as a platoon leader in Afghanistan. While he was there, Milzarski befriended two Afghan men who worked alongside him as interpreters. Milzarski is now helping those men become American citizens.
“American Sniper” has set box office records over the last few weeks. It tells the story of Chris Kyle, known as America’s most lethal Navy Seal sniper. The film is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Chris Kyle. The movie has generated lots of discussion, both pro and con, about Kyle’s legacy.