Travis Mills knows all about community.

There’s the Vassar community where he was raised. There’s the U.S. Army community where he was trained. There’s the medical community where his life was saved after an explosion in Afghanistan took all four of his limbs in 2012.

And on May 6, he’ll return home to share his motivational tale in support of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation at its 7th Annual Legacy Ball.

Travis Mills knows all about community.

“People call me a hometown hero and I never would have expected that in a million years. But I’m very grateful for all the support my family and I have received from the people of Vassar, the people of Michigan, and people from around the world,” Mills said. 

The Legacy Ball will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and include a gourmet meal, live and silent auctions, entertainment, and an update on the good works of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation. The highlight of the evening will be Mills’ keynote speech.

“Travis Mills’ larger-than-life personality, his sense of humor, his and incredible spirit for life will engage our audience from the moment he takes the stage,” said Steve List, executive director of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation.

Tickets are $100 and available for purchase at the Frankenmuth offices of Frankenmuth Credit Union and Tri-Star Bank, as well as online at

‘Never give up. Never quit.’

Mills, a former staff sergeant with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, has traveled the globe inspiring audiences to “never give up … never quit” no matter the obstacles. 

Now his story may be headed to the big screen.

News agencies in January reported that Sylvester Stallone and Adam Driver have signed onto a feature-length Hollywood film about Mills. Driver is rumored to play Mills, while Stallone will both direct and star in the movie. The film reportedly will share its title with Mills’ best-selling book: “As Tough as They Come.”

Mills would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

A harrowing journey

On April 10, 2012, Mills was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol. The young soldier lost portions of both legs and both arms and is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive quadruple amputee injuries.

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center near Washington D.C., Mills continues to overcome the obstacles of living life as a quadruple amputee. 

Every day is a battle, but Mills continues to astound everyone with his progress and with his amazing spirit. In 2013, Mills founded the nonprofit Travis Mills Foundation to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans. He now lives in Maine with his wife, Kelsey, their 5-year-old daughter, Chloe, and both sets of parents. 

Mills said he’s proud of his small-town roots and strives every day to be the best husband and father possible.

“I don’t think my problems are any worse than anyone else’s problems,” he said. “I have a really good life. We all have things we have to deal with … but let’s get through them together.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s founding. Since then, more than $2 million has been allocated to groups and programs working to enhance the quality of life in our community.

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