FREE DERRICK MILLER
4 JUL 2018
Thank you to EVERY SINGLE VETERAN. Men like my father, my brother-in-law and my son, who fight so the rest of us can enjoy this life. God bless you all...and your families too! ❤
6 JUL 2018
I was having a conversation with my buddy Ernie Smallis, and I told him how excited we are to be preparing Derrick's room for his return home. It went a little something like this:
Ernie: Oh man!!!! This is great news!!!! [about Derricks clemency] I know you are happy beyond words. Still praying this moves fast. Still praying the President pardons and brings him home. May I post about this??
Me: Most definitely! 😁 Thanks Ernie ❤
Me: We're working now to get the house ready for Derrick...need to get furniture and stuff for his room, but the budget is tight. We'll figure out something, though. It's a nice problem to have 😊
Ernie: Can we do a gofundme? Can we contribute?
Me: I could set one up...or folks could donate through the PayPal link we already have:
Ernie: Ok. I will post this too. Thanks.
Me; Beautiful! That would be such a HUGE help! I've been slowly clearing out the room we have for him, thinking that I had waaaay more time to get it ready. Then God delivered BIG, and I still have so much to do! 😅
Ernie: God Rules 😍
Me: AMEN! ❤
All of this to say that I am continually BLOWN AWAY by the kindness and generosity of the folks who have followed Derrick's story and been such a blessing of prayer and support to our family while we walk this long and difficult path. If there are others like Ernie who would like to help us prepare for Derrick's long-overdue return home, please feel free to make a donation through the PayPal link above.
...and just know that my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude to you Ernie, and every other big-hearted person like you! God bless you all!
☆ PLEASE NOTE PLEASE ☆ NOTE PLEASE NOTE ☆ PLEASE NOTE ☆
We had to rebuild this site due to some previous technical difficulties, and as a result lost a lot of our original content. We will continue to restore the historical data as we are able, however if you want to read more about our fight to bring Derrick home, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/freederrickmiller.
2 FEB 2018
Derrick wanted me to to convey his deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent a card, a letter (or both 😊) to him over the Christmas holiday. He's still dilligently working through them to respond to the many kind folks who reached out to him, and was humbled by the outpouring of support. I also send my love and gratitude as well. You are all AWESOME!
From Left to Right: Attorney Colby Vokey, Renee Myers, Lt. Jason Tinelle, Craig Myers, and supporter Cindy Maguire
19 MAY 2018
☆☆T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER! ☆☆T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER!☆☆
WE DID IT! Thanks to your kind generosity, we not only met our minimum order, we EXCEEDED it! YAY!!! 😁 There are still a few more hours to order a shirt in case you haven't already done so (the booster campaign ends at midnight), and thanks again for making this our best fundraiser yet! Your support has been wonderful, and our family is truly grateful ❤
9 JUL 2018
Just got word...preliminary parole hearing set for October 9th! Final hearing date TBD...
26 JAN 2020
Wanted to take a moment to update everyone on what Derrick has been up to since his release in May. He felt a deep calling and compelling purpose in continuing the fight for other men like himself who have been wrongfully convicted in the military courts. He is currently the Director of the Justice for Warriors Caucus on Capitol Hill, and has worked tirelessly for the homecoming of other soldiers like Clint Lorance and Matt Golsteyn. He is also committed to doing his part to see that there are real changes in the UCMJ, so that the rights of combat veterans will be protected in their time of need. Derrick is also enjoying time reconnecting with his beautiful daughters and his loving family.
15 APR 2018
Still waiting with expectant hope, and prayers for Derrick's release. Every time he calls, my heart leaps into my throat, and I have to take several deep breaths to calm myself before I say my first words. Willing to wait as long as it takes for the outcome we are hoping for. Thank you Lord, for your strength each day, as we are truly in Your hands
☆☆YOU CAN HELP! ☆☆YOU CAN HELP!☆☆
As many of you know, we recently received the amazing news that Derrick's sentence has been reduced, and he is immediately eligible for parole. Our hearts are rejoicing at the prospect of having our precious son home with us, where he can be reunited with his daughters and pick up the threads of his life once again. We still have some time before we know when his parole will start, so we calm our hearts and wait for word. In the meantime...we prepare for Derrick's long overdue homecoming ❤
At this point, we need almost everything for Derrick's room. It's been an office/storage area for all these years, so he doesn't even have a bed to sleep in. We'll need to get pieces that do double duty like a nice, smooth action futon that can also serve as a place to sit and read or watch TV...you get the idea. He has no clothes, no shoes, no transportation, no nothing. At this point we're requesting help from generous and kind-hearted folks so that we can tackle the basics like clearing the space, painting and buying furniture for now. That's what we always have to do to keep moving forward - break a gigantic, overwhelming task into smaller, more manageable chunks 🛠 This way, we can be productive in this time of waiting with expectant hope for all the prayers to be answered, and Derrick to be delivered from this nightmare. We want to do our best to make him at least modestly comfortable after everything he's been through. Once he is home and working as hard as he always does, he'll be able to get back on his feet and carry on.
Funds raised will go to Derrick's family for the costs of making preparations for his return home (!!!!), and to help with travel costs to visit him until he is finally released. Thank you all for your steadfast support, and God bless ❤
You can make donations of any amount at:
6 AUG 2018
Wanted to take a moment to update everyone as I've had several inquiries about Derrick's release date. As anyone who has followed Derrick's case knows, this journey has been a series of cycles...a flurry of activity followed by a long stretch of waiting. Right now we're in a waiting cycle. We won't know anything about a parole date until after the preliminary hearing in October. After that, we will have to go back to the main Parole board to get a release date. We're in the home stretch, but in a holding pattern at the moment...
1 JUL 2018
Happy birthday to our amazing son Derrick! Praying that soon I will be able to give you birthday hugs at home! ❤ Still waiting for word on the clemency request...
13 APR 2018
☆☆T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER! ☆☆T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER!☆☆
We are once again offering t-shirts in order to raise travel funds to fly out to visit Derrick. If things go the way we hope, those funds will be used to fly Derrick home! (Still waiting for word on that one...we will be sure to let you know :-) )You can order yours in black, blue, or red at our booster page, and thanks as always for your wonderful support! <3
☆☆CLEMENCY UPDATE ☆☆CLEMENCY UPDATE ☆☆
2 JUL 2018
Hi there everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that I got a call from Derrick today! He got the letter from the clemency and parole board! SENTENCE REDUCED TO 20 YEARS AND ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE IMMEDIATELY!!!!! 😮 I was literally JUMPING UP AND DOWN IN THE HALLWAY AT WORK!!!! 😁 We now need to get the parole piece nailed down – Derrick's attorney The Law Firm of Colby C. Vokey is going to get the paperwork going immediately so that we can get in for the earliest possible session. Of course, I wish they had stated that he was released immediately, but WE’LL TAKE THIS VICTORY! Can’t tell you all how much we appreciate all the prayers and support - Derrick is one step closer to coming home! ❤ I wanted to give you the news as soon as I had it to share! Pressing onward to our goal...
20 MAY 2019
On a beautiful, sun-drenched morning in May, our son Derrick got to walk out of the doors of Ft. Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks for the final time, and breathe the free air again! Our hearts were full to overflowing that day, and there are no words to express the gratitude our family has for the prayers and support of everyone who came alongside our family to fight for Derrick's release! God bless you all, and thank you! ❤
28 MAY 2018
Remembering those who sacrificed everything for our country, and their families too. God bless you
1 APR 2018
As many of you know, in less than 48 hours we will walk into chambers for a special hearing of the Army Clemency and Parole Board on April 5th. This is a moment we have fought long and hard for. It represents almost 7 years of effort and expectation, promises and disappointments. It is the culmination of many voices coming together to cry out for justice, and we could never have gotten here without the wonderful, steadfast support of people like you. I have been on a rollercoaster of a million different emotions, but the one I wanted to be sure to express is GRATITUDE. I don't even have the words to express how much it means to our family to have you all fighting by our side. Dave Grange , thank you for carrying the baton for me when I was too overcome to get the word out myself. As the hour draws near for us to have this chance to advocate for Derrick once more, I want to ask your prayers for courage and clarity to win the day. No matter the decision, we will be sure to share the news when we have it - hopefully with the outcome we've been fighting for, which is for him to come home to us. Good night, and God bless.
27 APR 2018
Keep the prayers coming, folks...still waiting for a decision. As always, we appreciate your support!
5 APR 2018
Derrick's clemency hearing went extremely well...now we wait for the decision. As soon as we know something, we will be sure to share it with you. In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to say an extra special thank you to Congressman Louie Gohmert for attending the proceedings today and once again going to bat for Derrick (he had to catch a flight, so he was in the air when this photo was taken). I also want to give a heartfelt thanks to Jason Tinelle for coming so far to stand by our side. As always, we are humbled and deeply grateful for the amazing work of The Law Firm of Colby C. Vokey for his incredible presentation today. Finally, I have to express my appreciation and love for Cindy Maguire for coming out to show her unwavering support to our family today. I am emotionally spent right now, but very hopeful.
17 JUN 2018
Happy Father's Day to my amazing son. Praying this is the last one you will spend away from us ❤ Still waiting for word, and trusting God while we wait.