By: John Hampton
On April 10, 2012 the life of a man named Travis Mills was immeasurably changed forever. Travis is a Staff Sergeant in the Army and is part of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg NC. This past February, Travis was deployed to Afghanistan for what was to be his third tour of duty there.
While on foot patrol with his men, Travis stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The resulting explosion was devastating and left Travis severely wounded. He lost both legs at the knee, his right arm above the elbow and his left arm below the elbow. Three of Travis’ men were also injured in the blast, and in the aftermath, his first thoughts were of their safety instead of his own.
Thanks to the men in the field, the doctors in Germany and some divine intervention, Travis survived this nadir. He is only the fourth military veteran to survive quadruple amputation injuries. Travis is indeed an incredibly strong person in all aspects of life!
After multiple surgeries and procedures overseas, Travis is now back in the U.S. and recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has since undergone additional surgeries to permanently close his wounds. He has also had the chance to reunite with his wife, his daughter and other family members. Travis recently turned 25 years of age.
To date, more than 15,000 U.S. troops have been wounded fighting the war on terror and about 1,600 troops have sustained amputation injuries. One silver lining to this ominous cloud is the fact that the field of prosthetic limb technology has advanced tremendously, and will continue to improve as time goes forward.
This technology will offer a ray of hope to Travis and other Veterans, as well as their families and friends. You can get updates on Travis’ condition by visiting his website at: www.travismills.org or you can find him on Facebook at Support For Travis Mills and Family.
This man and so many others have given so much toward the defense of the United States and the cause of freedom. Please connect with Travis and let him know he is not alone on his road to recovery.
John Hampton lives in Tehachapi CA and is quite concerned about the policies and motives of the current Administration. He believes in a system that holds our freedoms sacred, promotes personal responsibility, prudence and high moral standards.