Over the past several months we have gotten to know Travis, his wife Kelsey and their beautiful daughter, Chloe. We have also been lucky enough to spend time with his in-laws, Craig and Tammy Buck, of Frisco, Texas, and cousin, Mandy Bishop and her husband John. Mandy is now on the board of Spirit of a Hero.
Below is an excerpt from Travis Mills website created by his family.
“United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, was critically injured on April 10th by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is only the fourth quadruple amputee, 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, and the prayers of thousands, Travis has returned to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington DC, where he is 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.
And for those of you that have not had the opportunity to meet Travis yet, below is a little background, as provided by his sister, Sarah Mills Sliter. It provides a great glimpse into his character and his personality.
Travis grew up the middle child of three, in a small town called Vassar. To say he grew up might be a stretch, as he is really just a giant kid now. He has always been fiercely loyal, loving, fun, and the center of everyone’s world. In any room, he takes center stage and lights it up. He played little league baseball, football, and basketball all the time. He loved school much more for the social and athletic endeavors, than the academic ones. He was friends with everyone. His friends now are the same friends he has had since kindergarten.
Travis has always been able to sleep through anything. And anywhere. His favorite spot is our parents’ couch. He fell asleep there so many times, he wore through the fabric. Zachary and I always made fun of him because he took so long to get ready for school. In the mornings I would threaten to leave without him, and even made him chase the car down the driveway a few times. With Travis, what you see is what you get. He has never changed who he is for anyone, and even despite that, it is hard to find a person who dislikes him. What he has is infectious.
As a kid, as a teenager, and now as a man I still see the same spikey-haired little boy with the same big smile waiting for me to get off the school bus. In all of his 25 years, he has only gotten more “Travis-y” and for that, we’ll love him always.”
(Retrieved from Travis Mills American Hero (April, 2012) Retrieved from http://www.travismills.org)
**Details from the Miles for Mills Ride**
Staff Sergeant Travis Mills
82nd Airborne Regime – United States Army
Funds raised for Travis: $31,805
Spirit of a Hero is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing financial, moral, and community support to veterans of the United States armed forces.
SOAH will raise awareness, provide hope, and bridge gaps in services through community-driven activities.