Soldier Who Became Quadruple Amputee Gets New Home -- and New Lease on Life (VIDEO)

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Travis MillsWhile fighting for our freedom in Afghanistan last week, Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills stepped on an IED and lost all four of his limbs as a result. Just think about that for a second. He lost both of his arms and both of his legs. Can you even imagine?

And while he's no doubt happy to be alive and see his wife and 4-month-old daughter again, the injuries he suffered are incredibly devastating -- not to mention life changing. He'll be recovering at a hospital in Washington, D.C. for at least one year, but new struggles will arise when it's time for him to go home and try to get back to some sort of a normal life.

Incredibly, he may get a second chance at leading a happy home life thanks to the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation and another similar foundation headed by actor Gary Sinise. They've offered to build Mills and his family a "Smart Home," to help make his life as easy as possible.

The "Smart Homes" built by these organizations offer features like oversized bathrooms & kitchens, heated floors (which improve blood circulation in amputees), and iPad-controlled countertops (how cool is that?). And the best part is that they've agreed to build the home for the Mills family anywhere in the country they want to live. 

There are so many things that we take for granted in our homes on a daily basis, such as getting a drink out of the fridge anytime we want or simply getting out of bed and taking a shower. Just thinking about how much harder (or even impossible) these things are for veterans who have lost multiple limbs makes me feel so guilty over the meaningless things I complain about. How many times have I huffed and sighed because I had to walk back upstairs to get something I forgot? Hearing the struggle that Travis Mills is facing really puts things into perspective -- and it makes me even more appreciative and grateful for everything the brave men and women in the military do so that we can be safe, happy, and secure.

You can hear more about what happened to Sgt. Mills in the video clip below.


What is something you take for granted in your home that you will appreciate more after hearing this story?

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-Stra... -Strawberry-

What an awful thing to have happen. That's awesome he has people who have hearts who are going to help him out. 

Veneta Britt

Thank God for people who care. We knew Gary Sinise was pro military people and does USO shows and the like but to get involved in this shows what a true humanitarian these people are. YOU are a true Hero TRAVIS MILLS AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. 

nonmember avatar Michelle

This story makes me appreciate every last serviceperson in ANY branch of our country's military. These people are the reason we wake up in a free country every single day. My brother-in-law just returned from his second tour of duty in the middle east. He and people like Travis Mills are an inspiration for the mere fact they put their own lives on the line to keep us safe. God bless this family!

jessi... jessicasmom1

awful thing to happen ... I thank these people for the sacrifice of these soldiers .. 

Cecilia Benning Hickerson

Proud to serve to those who serve our country and  I support  our "Wounded Warrior".Thanks for your service  to our coutry...


KyndalBeth Payne

Hi very cool Sgt Travis Mills, I just want to tell you that you are a great and awesome and wonderful HERO, to support and pray for our Troops is what I feel like God has called me to do, and it's something that I love to do, and it's something that is very important to me. And I wouldn't change that for any thing in the world!! I love supporting and praying for our Troops very much. I just want you to know that this supporter and prayer warrior is very proud of you and all of our wonderful American Soldiers!!! since I started following your story the other day, It just made me think to my self, this American Soldier is a true and brave American HERO. And that is what you are, I just want to say to you on behalf of my state of Alabama, Thank You for your wonderful service to our country, your service to or country is very much appreciated. You are doing a great Job. I support our wounded warrior's 100 and 110% So from a great full young lady from back home here in Alabama, I just want to say, Thank You!!!!!" Your supporter and prayer warrior,

Kyndal :)

nonmember avatar Sarah

Thank you for posting an article about SSG Mills or as I like to call him little brother man. His story should be shared and should continue to be shared everywhere. I talked with him today and he doesn't complain. He apologized for missing his niece's 3rd birthday (they had a skype date planned). So thank you and keep sharing his story he was quite the kid and has grown into one amazing man.

Heather Rogowski Bystrzak

I understand some were against the war and whatnot but it doesnt matter what side your on, this stuff should affect everyone. These men and women are over there fighting for us. I hate hearing that some people boycott the soliders, like they have a say in where they go and what they do. These people make me super proud to be an american. I tear up sometimes just seeing people out in the community in uniform thinking what they go through for my family and I. Its such a selfless gift. I will be praying for this family that they can get some kind of nomral life back after he is home. 

nonmember avatar Linda

I had difficulty adjusting to doing things when I broke my ankle. I planned everything I needed to do when I got up to go the bathroom! That was one limb- I can't fathom losing use of all 4.

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