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Army quadruple amputee makes N.Y. film debut

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is on deployment in Afghanistan when in an instant, his life changes: he steps on an improvised explosive device, losing portions of both arms and legs.

Now he's the subject of an inspiring movie set to make its New York debut in Times Square on Wednesday.

"You come to a point where you have two decisions: You either lay there in bed and feel sorry for yourself or you just keep going," the Vassar, Mich., native told Fox News of his deliverance from depression and fear. "Honestly, it'd be selfish if I didn't keep fighting."

He's meeting up with several other wounded warriors for the New York screen showing of "Travis: A Soldier's Story." The movie, which includes raw footage from Mr. Mills' early days of rehabilitation as well as interviews with his fellow soldiers and a reenactment of his April 2012 injury, premiered in Dallas in August.

"When it played in my hometown and in Dallas, that was a big deal to me," Mr. Mills told Fox News. "But in Times Square in New York — are you kidding me? I'm super excited."

He said his main goal is to "let people know that bad things happen and you just keep going. Getting back on track, moving forward — that's what's important," Fox News reported.

The 26-year-old former staff sergeant is now in good health. His wife, Kelsey, wrote on a Facebook page that was dedicated to his recovery that he's "survived against all odds." The couple has a daughter, 2, named Chloe.

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