Mich. soldier fights to recover after losing all limbs

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In an undated photo provided by the Mills family, Travis Mills is seen in his hospital bed with his wife Kelsey and daughter Chloe at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Mills served two deployments to Afghanistan without a major injury, and then is a second an IED explosion changed everything. Today the 25-year-old is a quadruple amputee, one of only five servicemen from any military branch to have survived such an injury during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is recovering and describes his situation plainly: I just had a bad day at work. His family -- especially his wife, Kelsey -- admires him for that. (AP Photo/Mills Family)

VASSAR, Mich. — The Army says a soldier who grew up in Michigan is one of only five service members from any military branch to lose all four limbs in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and survive.

Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, of Vassar, Mich., has been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington, D.C. He recently was allowed to move to an outpatient facility.

The 25-year-old was hurt when he dropped a bag on an improvised explosive device April 10 during his third deployment to Afghanistan.

Now, cheered on by his wife and infant daughter as well supporters from across the country, Mills is facing a long journey to recovery.

Mills tells The Associated Press he plans to “work hard every day.”
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