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Travis Mills

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant, Author & Advocate for Veterans and Amputees

Travis Mills

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant, Author & Advocate for Veterans and Amputees


Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tough as They Come, is currently available on sale in bookstores everywhere. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: "Never give up. Never quit."

On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit.

In September 2013, Travis and his wife Kelsey founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation. The veteran and their families receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation to Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s great outdoors.

The Travis Mills Group LLC was started shortly after, where Travis consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.

Travis’s story has been featured on local and national news including Fox News’ Happening Now with Jenna Lee, The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly, CNN with Barbara Starr, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In the company of LeBron James, the late Chadwick Boseman, Magic Johnson, Michael J. Fox and the Terminator, Travis graced the cover of Men's Health, and topped the list of Men's Health's "35 Strongest Men of the Past 35 Years." Men’s Health defines strength as, “…more than muscle, it’s resilience, versatility, fearlessness, stamina, dedication, resolve, power, and the ability to change hearts and minds.” If ever there was a speaker who has the ability to change hearts and minds, it’s Travis Mills. 

Speaker Videos

Finding Strength Despite Adversity | Goalcast

2022 VFW Beyond the Call Award (Veteran Division) - Travis Mills

Travis Mills speaks at the Greater Green Bay Chamber's 2020 Annual Dinner

Speech Topics

Tough As They Come

Travis Mills' keynote speech teaches and inspires audiences nationwide to "Never give up. Never quit," no matter the obstacles of circumstances. Travis’s larger-than-life personality, sense of humor and incredible spirit for life engages audiences from the moment he takes center stage. Travis’ speaking engagements take him all over our great nation ranging from football stadiums, to conferences, to classrooms. His motivational speeches reach a wide variety of people from all walks of life.


Books & Media


Tough As They Come