Soldier Who Lost All Limbs Still Finds Purpose

How often do we wait for the right timing or the perfect situation to attempt something that could be amazing—not only in our own lives, but perhaps in the lives of others?

How many times have we made excuses?

But what if we didn’t? What if we were willing to face the challenges in front of us and push through? Or go over them? Or around them? 

What could we accomplish then?

If you need a little encouragement to tackle what might feel like the impossible, like me, you may find this young soldier’s story both humbling and inspiring . . .

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills was only twenty-five when he lost his arms and legs due to an explosion in Afghanistan. He woke up in a hospital on his birthday to discover that he was without limbs. A husband and father, he told his wife to take their daughter and leave him. But she hung in there, and along with family support, he recovered.

His story doesn’t end there. Not even close. Travis started a foundation to help other soldiers with severe war injuries. Through the foundation, they and their families are brought to a retreat in Maine where they can continue to heal.

This brave soldier could have wallowed in self-pity, but instead, he’s used his tragedy for good. That’s finding purpose in the midst of even devastating circumstances.

Listen to his story via the YouTube video below. For those of you reading this post through subscribed e-mail, you may have to click on the link to view through your web browser. You can also click on the title of this article, and you’ll be directed to the blog.

In what ways do stories like this encourage you to not give up on your own goals? How have people have inspired you?



  1. That video was awesome, Dawn! Thanks for sharing and emboldening your readers to press on.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. His story inspired me to not give into excuses when faced with challenges, and I'm hoping it will do the same for others.


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