US Army SSG Travis Mills served three deployments overseas. In Afghanistan on April 10, 2012, while at a resting stop, Travis removed his backpack and set off an improvised explosive device (IED). He lost both legs above the knee, his right arm below the shoulder and his left arm below the elbow, leaving him a quadruple amputee.
Travis was taken to Walter Reed National Medical Center for recovery. His wife Kelsey stayed by his side throughout and have remained a constant source of motivation. Just seven weeks after his injury, Travis began walking.
After leaving the hospital, Travis and Kelsey were constantly on the move, relocating six times in one year with their daughter Chloe who was a baby at the time. On October 15, 2014, the Mills family moved into their specially adapted smart home in Manchester, Maine. At his home dedication, Travis told the crowd through tears, “Thanks for bringing my family home.” Travis, Kelsey, Chloe, and their new baby boy Jax are enjoying the independence their forever home provides. Today, he serves as a Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador.