Just a little over a month after Travis Mills lost all four limbs to an improvised explosive device, the staff sergeant is making big plans for the future.
The 25-year-old father and husband is recovering from the severe injuries he sustained while serving in Afghanistan and refuses to look back, Fox News reports. Mills has already been fitted for one prosthetic leg, and while propped on a board, he was able to stand briefly at a 45-degree angle.
But standing up straight isn't the only major goal Mills has on his mind. He's also toying with a number of job prospects he would like to pursue.
“My life’s not over,” Mills told the news outlet. “It’s got a little more unique.”
He hopes to work as a motivational speaker, or perhaps, find a way to stay in the military and help instruct soldiers.
Mills is also getting help from some unexpected places.
To grant Mills the freedom to move around his house independently, and comfortably, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation have stepped forward to build Mills, and his family, a customized smart-home, Fox News reports. The house will come complete with oversized rooms and iPad-controlled countertops -- among other amenities.
“I’m just inspired to get better,” Mills said, “because I have things I want to do with my life.”
Feeling inspired? Learn how you can make a difference in Mills’ fight to recover here.