It’s always humbling to speak with a combat Veteran and even more inspiring to speak with one like this week’s guest, Travis Mills. Travis joins the podcast this week to talk about his service, his injuries, his foundation, being a motivational speaker, and being a “re-calibrated warrior.”
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.
In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans.
Covered in Episode 39:
- Marine Veteran breaks world record to fight stigma
- Interview with Army Veteran Travis Mills
- Why he decided to join the Army
- Three deployments to Afghanistan
- Sustaining his injuries and recovering from them
- His efforts through his foundation and as a speaker
- VA’s most important resource: Veterans Crisis Line
- #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran George Pappas