Kari Miller was born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1995 she graduated from Cardozo Senior High in Washington, D.C..

In 1999, while serving active duty in the US Army, she was hit by a drunk driver and lost both her legs, one above the knee and one below the knee.

She went on to compete in various sports and found her calling on the Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team. She both a GOLD and SILVER medalist.

Today she does motivational public speaking events, works with the US Air Force Wounded Warriors Program and still competes in sitting Volleyball.

In 2008 she participated at World Organization Volleyball for Disabled where she won a bronze medal and in the same year got another silver one for her participation at 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

In 2009, Miller was awarded as Paralympian of the year. In 2010, she won silver medal at Parapan American Championship which was held in Colorado and the same year got gold medal for another WOVD Championship.

In 2011 and 2012 respectively she won three gold medals at ECVD Continental Cup, Parapan American Zonal Championship, and Volleyball Masters. She also got 4th silver medal for her participation at 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

She was part of the USA team which won the gold at 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada

In her spare time she likes to watch Heroes and when it comes to sports her favourite team – it is the Minnesota Vikings. She is also into equestrianism, jet skiing, parachuting, and rock climbing.

Kari is also passionate and and participates in rehabilitation, competition and teaching other veterans about sports.