Thousands have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five have survived quadruple amputee injuries. This is one soldier's story.
Thousands of soldiers die every year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his twenty-fifth birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost—Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.
Suddenly forced to reconcile with the fact that he no longer had arms or legs, Travis was faced with a future drastically different from the one he had imagined for himself. He would never again be able to lead his squad, stroke his fingers against his wife’s cheek, or pick up his infant daughter.
Travis struggled through the painful and anxious days of rehabilitation so that he could regain the strength to live his life to the fullest. With enormous willpower and endurance, the unconditional love of his family, and a generous amount of faith, Travis shocked everyone with his remarkable recovery. Even without limbs, he still swims, dances with his wife, rides mountain bikes, and drives his daughter to school.
Travis inspires thousands every day with his remarkable journey. He doesn’t want to be thought of as wounded. “I'm just a man with scars,” he says, “living life to the fullest and best I know how.”
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Retired U.S. Army staff sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, and international advocate for veterans and amputees. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. He started the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans. www.travismills.org
Table of Contents
Foreword Gary Sinese xiii
1 A 15-Minute Helicopter Ride from Kandahar 1
2 Born in a Small Town 16
3 Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof 33
4 Gunner in a Humvee 46
5 Crazy Little Thing Called Love 56
6 Firefights with the Taliban 70
7 Rooftop Grenades 92
8 Heavy Firefights in BMG 103
9 Our First Home Together 124
10 My Last Deployment 140
11 April 10, 2012 157
12 Pain 175
13 The Coma 186
14 The Floor in Front of Me 205
15 To Walk, To Race 221
16 Our New Home 237
17 Never Give Up. Never Quit 247
About the Travis Mills Foundation 255