Two years ago on this day, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne lost portions of both of his arms and legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Sgt. Mills was on his third tour of duty. Every year now April 10 is celebrated as Mills' ALIVE Day, a chance to share his story of "survival, courage and perseverance."
"I was in a horrible explosion that took both of my arms and legs, but it did not take away the privilege of being a father and husband," Mills said in a release. "I am incredibly thankful for the support that has been given to our family these past two years."
His story — Mills is one of only a handful of quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — is recounted in a documentary, "Travis: A Soldier's Story," which screens selectively around the country. You can request a screening here. Watch the trailer below.
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You can keep up with Mills and his family on their Facebook page.