It’s always humbling to speak with a combat Veteran and even more inspiring to speak with one like this week’s guest, Travis Mills. Travis joins the podcast this week to talk about his service, his injuries, his foundation, being a motivational speaker, and being a “re-calibrated warrior.”

About Travis:

On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.

First families attending retreat hosted by Travis Mills

First families attending retreat hosted by Travis Mills

In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans.

Covered in Episode 39:

  • Marine Veteran breaks world record to fight stigma
  • Interview with Army Veteran Travis Mills
    • Why he decided to join the Army
    • Three deployments to Afghanistan
    • Sustaining his injuries and recovering from them
    • His efforts through his foundation and as a speaker
  • VA’s most important resource: Veterans Crisis Line
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran George Pappas

The #VApodcast is now available in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify. Search “Borne the Battle” in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.

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Published on Jul. 14, 2017

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  1. Dave McAllister July 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Good morning. I just found this through Facebook , read some of the comments. My speciality is mobility. I have a degree in physical therapy, an ability to think outside the box. I have helped 100’s of war era veterans acquire funds through aid and attendance program by simply understanding there needs and disability applying the appropriate diagnosis with input and conversation with physician. Could it be a simple as the powers that be not listening , not applying the appropriate care and diagnostics when applicable. Just a thought.

    I can help. I will be at the Cadillac ranch Jude ln in southington CT. 7/26 6-9pm.

  2. John B. Chivalier Jr. July 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I go to the Evansville Indiana VA Clinic. We have an ongoing problem of the clerks not answering the phones. I just hung up after 20 minutes on hold. We have complained all the way to congress. All us veterans get are excuses and made to feel bad for them. They sit and talk back and forth about veterans.

  3. Alan McQueen July 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Sir, I was hurt by a VA Employee at PB Mo my injury was covered up it left me with a debilitated left hand:( no one will listen to me. I have the documents proving my claim and the injury. It’s hard to work without using my left hand to its potential. I’m a mechanic. Pls help me. As a Marine I’m not used to asking.

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