Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Story Of True Grit

Quadruple amputee U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is interviewed at by a member of the media as a documentary, "Travis: a Soldier's Story" about his life after being wounded, is screened in the Capitol Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Mills is one of just five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive their injuries. He was injured from an IED (improvised explosive device) on April 10, 2012, while on patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Veteran Who Lost Four Limbs To IED In Afghanistan Now Says: ‘I’m Just A Guy Living Life’ -- Washington Times

A U.S. veteran who lost all four of his limbs when he was hit by an improvised explosive device during one of his three tours in Afghanistan now says he’s “just a guy living life” — a humbling sentiment that captured even the attention of Mike Rowe, star of the TV show “Dirty Jobs.”

“He has a motto,” Mr. Rowe wrote on his Facebook page on Memorial Day, in honor of retired U.S. ArmyStaff Sgt. Travis Mills. “Never give up — never quit. He has a Foundation. He’s featured in a new documentary. He also has a wife and a kid and a deeply personal commitment to help other wounded vets cope with their injuries. But when I asked him why I hadn’t seen him in any of the typical commercials and PSAs for wounded veterans, his answer was stunning. He said he didn’t consider himself to be wounded. ‘I’m not a victim, Mike. And I refuse to be portrayed that way. Case closed.’ “

Still, Staff Sgt. Mills said his first reaction during his injury was to wave the battlefield medic away.

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My Comment: These stories always put everything into perspective for me. Complain as much as I do .... my life pales in comparison to people like Andrew Harnik.

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