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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills Photo by Tagan Trahoon/ KVOE News

Emporia State University's Plumb Hall played host to a war hero Wednesday night who is sharing his story to help brighten the lives of those around him.

Retired U.S. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq during his six years of duty in the Army. On April 10, 2012 while on duty, Mills was the victim of an improvised explosive device (IED) which claimed all four of his limbs. Sgt Mills spoke with KVOE before he took the stage and recalled the events of that day.


After the explosion Mills was rushed into surgery for 14 hours with nine different doctors and seven nurses operating on him. This was just the beginning of a series of surgeries, one of which took place on his 25th birthday.

Mills is the fourth of five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. Mills says when he realized his situation, several emotions and questions rushed through his mind.


Mills explains his speaking career began by visiting other wounded soldiers in hospitals and aiding them with their situation as others did for him. In 2013 Mills founded the Travis Mills Foundation which benefits and assists combat-injured veterans.

Mills now travels the country inspiring others with his unique combination of humor and perspective on life.


Mills, a husband and father of two children, says while he wishes he could change his situation, he is glad something positive came out of it.


Sgt. Mills' best selling memoir, Tough as They Come, is available in bookstores nationwide.  To keep up with or learn more about Sgt. Travis Mills and his journey click here to visit his website where you can also find links to his social media.  


Photos by Tagan Trahoon/ KVOE News 

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