GREENE — Travis Mills will present his film “A Soldier’s Story” at the Sawyer Memorial. Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”
On April 10, 2012, Mills was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an 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 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., Mills remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but he continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.
Mills’ story has been featured on local and national news including Fox News’ “Happening Now” with Jenna Lee and “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly.
In September 2013, he founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans.
Shows will be at 2 and 7 p.m Friday, Aug. 14, at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. Admission is free.
FMI: 207-946-5311, sawyer-foundation.com, travismills.org.