Staff Sergeant Travis Mills: I Tell People I Work For Iron Man

Today is Veteran’s Day. It seems only appropriate that we talk to a true hero, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.

He’s been popping up all over the place lately. Jody was getting ready to ask him if he was pooped because he’s been touring all over the U.S., but took a second thought and told Sgt. Mills that it probably wasn’t in his nature. And…good call Jody! Sgt. Mills is nowhere near being tired and doesn’t understand why all the people around him seem to be!

He’s actually here in Dallas today. He started the Pledge of Allegiance this morning at the parade in Downtown Dallas.

Sgt. Mills is truly an inspiration. He has a saying that he’s not wounded, but healed. He’s just a guy with scars. He also mentioned that the crazy cold weather we’re experiencing is great for him today! Because he’s missing hands and feet, the cold helps his blood circulate faster.

In a way, he’s also a pioneer. He’s experimenting with some of the latest technologies for his body. He’s able to feed himself and drive his daughter to school. He also recalled a time where he was embarrassed of his body. He told his wife to leave, but she refused. She stood by him. And yes there are days where he gets sad, but he has to remind himself that there are men who didn’t make it home. It’s really inspired a live life to the fullest attitude in him.

We mentioned his wife refusing to leave, but what about his daughter. How did she react to him and his body? She’s still young and doesn’t understand everything, but she does know daddy played football and got hurt overseas doing his job. Even the kids at her school think he’s cool. They think he’s a robot man. So he tells people he works for Iron Man!

Now, is there anything we can do to help other men and women returning from war? Sgt. Mills says to say thanks you and ask them how they’re doing.

He’s also here in Dallas for a screening of his movie, Travis: A Soldier’s Story at the Majestic Theatre. Door open at 6PM. He’ll be honoring other vets this evening too.

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