DALLAS, Tx. -- Sgt. Travis Mills is a quadruple amputee who lost his arms and legs while serving in Iraq.
“It just so happened I set my bag down, and even though the mine sweeper didn`t pick it up, my bag detonated the IED,” Mills explained.
His brother-in-law was with him when he woke up, and had to break the news that changed Mill’s life forever.
“I remember I asked, 'Am I paralyzed?' He said no. I said, 'You don’t have to lie to me, I can’t feel my fingers or toes.' He said, 'The truth is Travis, you don`t have them anymore, bud.'”
Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the Iraq and Afghanistan War who survived their injuries. The Dallas-based nonprofit Fotolanthropy called Mills and asked if they could make a documentary about his recovery.
“Our focus is to document inspiring stories of people overcoming adversity," Katie Norris, roducer of the documentary, said.
“It's a story that needed to be shared to others because I was like, 'I know this story can help people who’ve been through hard times,'” director Johnathon Link said.
Sgt. Mills is in Dallas for a benefit showing at the Majestic Theater. Travis: A soldiers Story will air on Veteran's Day.
“I tell people it's not all about me, you know my daughter grows up everyday knowing her daddy is a little different, but he`s okay and we will be fine," Mills said.
He is more than fine. Life without his arms and legs hasn't stopped him. Sgt. Mills has set up travismills.org, a non-profit for wounded vets and he is now a motivational speaker.