Veteran shares advice, hope after surviving quadruple amputation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WCMH) — Sergeant Travis Mills is only one of five military veterans to survive a quadruple amputation.

“What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs in the Ocean – “Bob, right,” Mills has no problem joking about his injuries.

Mills has written a book about that has become a bestseller called “Tough As They Come.”

“I just had a normal day at work that turned ugly,” Mills tells WCCO.

Mills often shares the depression he felt after the catastrophic injuries.

“I was like how would my wife every want to be with a burden like me so i told her she should leave and she was like no that’s not how this works.”

Mills now easily stands on two prosthetic legs. He also has a prosthetic arm.

He says he hopes his story will help other veterans, especially those who don’t have families to turn to.  “A lot of people think in the military that you don’t talk about your problems keep them all down and hidden and some people that maybe works for but other ones if you are having struggles, go out there and find help,” Mills advises others. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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