MANCHESTER (AP) — A soldier who lost parts of all four limbs when an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Afghanistan was given the keys Wednesday to a new home in Maine that’s adapted to his needs.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage joined Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his family to unveil the specially adapted “Smart Home” in Manchester.
“Thanks for bringing my wife and daughter home,” Mills, a Michigan native whose wife is from Maine, told the roughly 100 people who attended the dedication ceremony, the Kennebec Journal reported.
Mills has come a long way from the day he nearly died in April 2012.
He’s the fifth quadruple amputee from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
These days, he’s making it his mission to help other wounded warriors, hosting a camp for them in Maine and traveling the country as a motivational speaker.
The 4,000-square-foot home, which features a play set for Mills’ daughter, was paid for by a foundation set up by Hollywood actor Gary Sinese and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.