Travis Mills is a Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and advocate for veterans and amputees. On April 10, 2012, Mills 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 became one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. He recovered in 19 months while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In September 2013, Mills and his wife Kelsey founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to benefit and assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation. The veteran and their families receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation to Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s great outdoors.
Today on the show we discuss: Travis’s life changing injury and how he turned pain into purpose, what parenting and marriage has been like for him since losing his limbs, his message to people that are feeling lost and in the depths of despair, how he found small wins and rebuilt his self confidence, why anyone can overcome the biggest adversities in their life if they don’t give up, how to develop mental strength and deal with ruminating thoughts, how Travis reinvented himself and reshaped his identity and much more.
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