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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.
While working overseas with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2), Miller was treated for tuberculosis, endured liver damge from the 6-month tuberculosis treatment regime and sustained a serious knife injury to his right hand that saw him hospitalized. He also suffered a handful of 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 that Miller suffered from PTSD and Panic Disorder.
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'.
Miller had a number of further book projects on the horizon, but due to a worsening of his PTSD, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia symptoms, he has been forced to prematurely retire from full-time writing.