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Staff Sargent Travis Mills, USA (Ret) (Wounded Warrior) 82nd Airborne

  • Staff Sargent Travis Mills, USA (Ret) (Wounded Warrior) 82nd Airborne

By Capt Joseph R. John, September 12, 2019: Op Ed #448

The Worldwide War on Terrorism, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the war in Afghanistan has resulted in: 

….Over 1,600 Combat Veterans returned home having lost at least one limb or more. Many more have lost appendages (toes and fingers).

….Over 160 Combat Veterans returned home with a total loss of sight, and thousands now have permanent impaired vision.

….Over 177,000 Combat Veterans have suffered hearing loss, and another 355,000 are suffering from tinnitus.

….Over 400,000 Combat Veterans have returned home suffering from PTSD.

….And an average of 22 Veterans are committing suicide every day.


In light of the above listed statistics we would like to share the below listed video of a quadruple amputee and courageous Wounded Warrior, Staff Sargent Travis Mills, USA (Ret) 82nd Airborne.


SSgt Mills often tells people he never dwells on the past.  Travis’ Motto: “Never Give Up, Never Quit!”


Travis’ “Mission in Life” is to demonstrate to other amputees that they can have a gainful life (swim, kayak, ski, play soccer, etc.).  


You can learn about Travis Mills Foundation @, and can donate in support of Travis’ rehabilitation program for amputees.


"I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet." 

                                                                                             - Mahatma Gandhi  


Americans owe Veterans, and especially Wounded Warriors, a debt of gratitude they will never be able to repay.  At one point in their lives, Veterans wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their lives.”


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