Travis Mills

  • Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant, 82nd Airborne, United States Army
  • Motivational Speaker, Advocate for Veterans and Amputees, Travis Mills Foundation, Manchester, ME


On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his 3rd tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device), losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is 1 of only 5 quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive such extensive injuries. Travis now lives an inspiring life as a quadruple amputee –he has written a New York Times bestselling memoir titled, Tough As They Come; he speaks across the country motivating others to live by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”; and his foundations state of the art facility in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine hosts combat injured veterans and their families for an all-expenses paid, barrier free vacation. In October 2018 Travis was awarded New Englander of the year by the New England Council. In March of 2019 he was awarded the Citizens Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in Washington DC. He also holds honorary doctorates from Unity College and Bates College.

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