Staff Sergeant Travis Mills
Last April, NiceShirt.org had the distinct honor of working with a brave American patriot, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.
SSG Mills survived an IED close-range blast on April 10, 2012 but lost a portion of each of his legs and arms. He is one of only five soldiers to survive a quadruple amputation. Travis continues to persevere—and to inspire millions of Americans with his story.
Travis’ amazing story has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fox News, CBS National News and CNN. He has been honored in Congress and when he isn’t working on his own physical therapy, he helps other veterans and even some victims of the Boston Bombing who have lost limbs.
Travis and a handful of other residents of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center travelled to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston to show other amputees how to cope.
"We kind of came up here to show them there’s life after amputation," Travis told The Week this past May. “You gotta get stronger and keep going. You can’t sit and dwell on the past.”
NiceShirt.org helped spread the word about Travis, his bravery, and his struggles. Our 4-month long campaign resulted in a whopping $16,551.00. Our Nice crew designed sweatshirts, t-shirts, the whole shebang. That money went straight to Travis to help with his own hospital bills, transportation and for the inevitable costs to repair and replace his prosthetics.
A prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000—and needs to be replaced every 3 years. Travis has a myoelectric prosthetic, which works via muscle contractions, for his left arm.
“Every day’s a challenge, but it’s not a challenge you can’t overcome,” Travis says.
He tells the Huffington Post that he strives to look on the bright side of things.
“I didn’t die, that’s something. I get to watch my daughter grow up. But getting called a hero by everybody…I don’t feel like I did anything so great that I should be called a hero over anything my guys do every day. I’ll see them in September when they come back. Hopefully I’ll be standing in my prosthetics, standing in my uniform and I’ll be able to salute them when they come in.”
After NiceShirt.org’s donation, Travis teamed up with the National Veterans Family Camp organization to provide a free, family recreation center for veterans at Camp Kennebec in Maine.
And here’s a list a other charities Travis supports. If Travis can make such a big difference, so can you.
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