Benjamin R. Miller (1975- )
Miller was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, graduating Nazareth High School in Nazareth, PA in 1993. Immediately after high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and attended boot camp in Orlando, FL. Miller was then trained in Naval Intelligence and granted security clearance two levels above Top Secret with an additional compartment.
While working overseas with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2) during the Bosnian War, Miller was diagnosed with tuberculosis and subsequently developed liver damage from the 6-month tuberculosis treatment regime. He also sustained two broken ankles and a serious knife injury to his right hand that saw him hospitalized, before he began suffering crippling attacks that military doctors were unable to explain. Miller was transported back to America and based on his exemplary record, he was awarded an early Honorable Discharge. It was later determined by a team of doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs that Miller suffered from Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia and PTSD.
Miller elected to pursue a college degree at Lock Haven University, where he also joined the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication (later renamed 'Business Communications') and a Minor in Journalism. It would be four more years and a series of personal tragedies, before Miller began his literary career as a columnist with Exit Zero, a weekly magazine based in Cape May, NJ.
His initial writings were primarily historical in nature, though he also penned the occasional feature story and editorial. In 2008, Miller set his sights on a higher goal, when he created 'Donate My Weight' (www.DonateMyWeight.com), a campaign to use weight loss as a means to raise donations for food banks across America. He appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news segments all over the country, along with a series of radio interviews and appearances on the 10! Show, Good Day Philadelphia and the Rachael Ray Show. Miller wrote pieces about 'Donate My Weight' that appeared in the Morning Call, Express Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Exit Zero, the Quill and Scroll and USA Today.
In July of 2009, Exit Zero Publishing released Miller's first book, The First Resort, a hardcover coffee table book that profiles America's first resort town, Cape May, NJ. The book features 300 full-color pages and details the city's history from 1609 to 2009, accentuated with over 500 pictures. The First Resort has been well received by critics, historians and fans of Cape May from around the world, nearly selling out of its initial printing after only a few months. The Philadelphia Inquirer named it one of the 'Top 10 Coffee Table Books of 2009'.
Due to a worsening of his PTSD, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia symptoms in 2008, along with limitations created by his physical injuries, Miller is no longer able to write full-time. The Department of Veterans Affairs has declared Miller medically retired and because his medical conditions arose during his military service, assigned him a rating of 100% disabled.