NEW YORK — There was a special welcome Tuesday in Times Square for Military Appreciation Month.
The city helped Army veteran Travis Mills, who is a quadruple amputee, celebrate what he calls his 10th “Day Alive”.
“I joined because of 9/11. I wanted to give back to my country and do whatever I could to help with what happened here, and unfortunately I had a bad day at work,” said said Mills. “My 10th birthday on ‘Alive Day’ is the day I blew up, and I’m celebrating by coming here to New York.”
The former staff sergeant lost his arms and legs a decade ago when he put his backpack on an improved explosive device during his third tour in Afghanistan.
Mills now dedicates his life to helping other seriously injured veterans and their families through his Travis Mills Foundation.