Travis Mills Lost 4 Limbs In Afghanistan, But He Preserved What Really Matter: Family And Faith!
February 27, 2017 10:31 By Fabiosa
Every day, thousands of US heroes are fighting all over the world. These brave men and women are trying to make the world a safer place for the rest of us. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was one of hem and sacrificed a lot for his country when he was left quadriplegic after an incident in Afghanistan. However, he knows how to keep his head high and march on.
Born and raised in Vassar, Michigan, Travis joined the US Army after graduating from high school. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he held the rank of Staff Sergeant.
During his third tour in Afghanistan in April 2012, Staff Sgt. Mills accidentally placed his backpack on an IED (Improvised Exploding Device). The blast did serious damage to both of his arms and legs. With the selfless help of Combat Medics Daniel Bateson and Alexander Voyce, Mills managed to survive despite his extensive injuries. Unfortunately, both of his arms and legs had to be amputated. For his combat experience, he got the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.
Travis is happily married to Kelsey Mills, and the couple has two children. When the incident occurred in 2012, their daughter Chloe was only 6 months old. Travis' wife helped him go through a grueling 19-months-long recovery.
Despite everything, they decided to have another child, and a beautiful baby boy was born on August 17th, 2017. The boy got his name, Dax, as a combination of the names Daniel and Alexander - the guys that saved Travis on the battlefield.
His inspiration to survive
Staff Sergeant made a remarkable feat simply by surviving the bomb, but he made an even greater one later on. His unbreakable will to go on and live his life to the fullest is nothing short of a miracle. However, even Mills knows that he could not have done it alone. He says that his wife, the love of his life, was his shoulder to lean on.
Kelsey Mills is, you know, a champion. She’s a champion, and I wouldn’t be able to live life the way I do without her by my side. I’m so grateful to have her.
Today, the 30-year-old Mills has become a motivational speaker and he runs the fund that helps other wounded veterans and their families. Thank you for your service, and God bless you, Staff Sgt. Travis Mills.