Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network to Premiere Hi I’m Travis Exclusively Streaming on discovery+ and Magnolia App on Veterans Day About Life of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills
SSG Mills, One of Only Five Surviving Quadruple Amputees from War in Afghanistan, Shares his Life Story on How He Turned One Bad Day Ten Years Ago into Years of Helping Other Recalibrated Veterans and Inspiring Others Around the Globe Features Commentary from the Mills Family, Members from his Squadron,
Actor and Humanitarian Gary Sinise and Those Who Helped SSG Mills During Recovery
Rome, Maine – Magnolia Network, Chip and Joanna Gaines’s media joint venture with Warner Bros. Discovery, is releasing the latest episode of its documentary series, Hi I’m, featuring U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Travis Mills on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 on discovery+ and the Magnolia app.
Hi, I’m profiling individuals who have overcome significant adversity and channeling that adversity and experience into action. The docuseries’ season two premiere episode Hi I’m Travis follows Mills’ incredible journey from growing up in Vassar, Michigan, to aspiring high school athlete, to enrolling in the U.S. Army and experiencing the same comradery on the battlefield as the football field, to meeting his wife Kelsey and ultimately the injury that would change the trajectory of his life.
SSG Mills had re-enlisted for a third tour wanting to rejoin his squadron overseas when on April 10, 2012, Mills set his bag on an IED severely injuring him and costing him his arms and legs. “Twenty-five great years with arms and legs, and one bad day,” said SSG Travis Mills.
While struggling to find purpose in the aftermath, Mills and his family banded together to recover and help others along the way.
Following intense physical therapy after losing his limbs, learning how to walk again, and dealing with the mental side of his injuries, SSG Mills showed what it meant to be resilient. “Travis was taking what happened to him and turning it on its ear,” said Actor and Humanitarian Gary Sinise, who first met SSG Mills while he was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Showcasing that resilience, SSG Mills was running in his prosthetics just five months after his injury, never giving up, and beginning the next chapter of his life. That next chapter included growing his family in welcoming his son Dax who is now five years old, enjoying picking up his daughter Chloe, 11, from school, becoming a best-selling author in Tough As They Come, hundreds of public speaking engagements, and forming the Travis Mills Foundation.
The Travis Mills Foundation, founded in 2013, supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help other veterans overcome physical and emotional obstacles similar to what SSG Mills has faced, strengthen family bonds and enjoy some rest and relaxation up at the Foundation’s retreat in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. This past September 11, a day that inspired so many to join the armed forces, the Foundation opened its brand new, $7 million Health and Wellness Center to further help recalibrated veterans, expand programming and welcome additional families from around the country.
SSG Mills, who recently marked his 10th Alive Day since his injury, travels more than 100 days out of the year speaking to corporations, business groups and at conferences all around the country, hoping that people will remember him for his work to inspire other veterans on their recovery journeys. Craig Buck, SSG Mills’ father-in-law and manager, still gets a kick out of his captivating sense of humor even after more than 350 speaking appearances since his injury.
For more information on SSG Travis Mills, the Travis Mills Foundation, and the documentary, please visit www.travismillsfoundation.org.