A 2011 Richland High School graduate was recently awarded a Purple Heart after being injured while serving in Afghanistan.
Army Specialist Chloe Milliken, an explosive ordnance technician, deployed to the country in September, said her mother, Marsha Milliken.
She and several of her team members were injured when their vehicle was hit in February by an improvised explosive device, or IED.
The team was traveling when their vehicle was hit, according to information provided to Chloe Milliken’s family. All suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, and a few experienced other wounds. They were evacuated back to their base via helicopter.
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Chloe Milliken also received the Combat Action Badge during the awards ceremony.
She declined to comment on the incident when contacted by the Herald, saying, “Our team is lucky, and we are just thankful to be back in the fight.”
“There are men and women who are losing their lives every day over here,” she also said. “Not only Americans, but Afghan soldiers trying to protect their country.”
Her deployment is scheduled to end this summer.