Tyrone Miller Sr. is one of nearly 1,000 WellSpan team members who are veterans, serving in roles including audiologist, nurse, administrative leader, physician and security officer, among others.
Meet one of the former members of the military who work alongside others every day at WellSpan.
A little bit about Tyrone: He’s 64, a dad of one, a grandpa of four, and has been a security services specialist at WellSpan York Hospital for the past 21 years.
His military background: He served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1982, stationed in West Germany (before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989) in a military police company as part of the NATO nuclear surety program. Later, he was a member of an explosive ordnance disposal company at Ft. Indiantown Gap. He’s from a military family, with relatives who served in conflicts ranging from WWII to the war in Iraq.
If you see Tyrone at WellSpan York Hospital and you are wearing a veteran’s hat or shirt: “I will say, ‘When did you serve?’ That gives people an outlet that we can relate to each other. It helps us out. Once a veteran knows someone else who a veteran, you can say, ‘I didn’t serve with you, but I understand where you are coming from.’ As soon as you enlist, you are part of the largest family in America. You have a lot of brothers and sisters. That’s not just in the hospital, but everywhere.”
What a veteran brings to the workplace: “It’s the attitude of knowing how to get things done and doing things on your own, showing up on time, doing the right things.
It’s called “the military crease” for a reason: “The guys at work used to tease me, ‘You don’t have to put that crease in your shirts and pants anymore.’ You get used to ironing your stuff. It was hard to get out of that habit!”
Tyrone in the community: He’s a York native and worked in printing and at the YMCA of York and York County before he came to WellSpan. He hopes to be a role model to young men and a friend to everyone he meets – his son once asked him, “Do you know EVERYONE in York?” His family includes members from the Latino, German, Baptist, Muslim and LGBTQ+ communities, and he celebrates diversity, saying, “We are ALL family.”
The four parts of Tyrone: “I’m a dad, a Pop Pop to my grands, a Steelers fan and a U.S. Army soldier. I’ll be those things forever.”