Tough As They Come  -     By: Travis Mills
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1101904801
ISBN-13: 9781101904800

Publisher's Description

Thousands have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five have survived quadruple amputee injuries. This is one soldier's story. 
 
Thousands of soldiers die year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his twenty-fifth birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost—Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.
 
Suddenly forced to reconcile with the fact that he no longer had arms or legs, Travis was faced with a future drastically different from the one he had imagined for himself. He would never again be able to lead his squad, stroke his fingers against his wife’s cheek, or pick up his infant daughter.
 
Travis struggled through the painful and anxious days of rehabilitation so that he could regain the strength to live his life to the fullest.  With enormous willpower and endurance, the unconditional love of his family, and a generous amount of faith, Travis shocked everyone with his remarkable recovery. Even without limbs, he still swims, dances with his wife, rides mountain bikes, and drives his daughter to school. 
 
Travis inspires thousands every day with his remarkable journey. He doesn’t want to be thought of as wounded.  "I'm just a man with scars," he says, "living life to the fullest and best I know how."


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Author Bio

Retired U.S. Army staff sergeant TRAVIS MILLS of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, and international advocate for veterans and amputees. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. He started the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans. www.travismills.org


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Editorial Reviews

"[Mills is] thriving, not just surviving, and inspiring others to overcome their own seemingly insurmountable obstacles." – TribLive

"A story of hope and resilience, and a reminder that no matter what life may throw at us, as Travis says, as long as we "Never Give Up, Never Quit", we can achieve anything we set our hearts and minds to. He is quite simply a great American and an example for us all." – Gary Sinise, Actor, Director, Veterans Advocate and founder of Gary Sinise Foundation
 
 "This book exemplifies the qualities that made Travis an outstanding soldier: it is gutsy and honest, filled with humor even in the darkest moments, and always driven by a love for both family and country." – Troy Aikman, NFL Hall Fame Quarterback
 
"The problem with guys like Travis, is they make guys like me look like lazy whiners. What this man did for our country is heroic. What he sacrificed is unimaginable. And what he's written is simply unforgettable. Read it. I promise you'll feel better about whatever ails you." – Mike Rowe, TV host, writer, narrator, producer, and actor


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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Motivational Message: Never Give Up, Never Quit!
    February 17, 2016
    Thistle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Tough As THey Come: A Memoir.
    This story is fabulous. Travis Mills has a story to tell, and you should read it.

    This review is difficult to write. It is difficult to evaluate a book that is an expression of the author's life. Who am I to comment on his person or how he deals with life as it happens to him? My difficulty in commenting on his time in Afghanistan is that my son was in the army's 4th Infantry Division team which took over for the author's 82nd Airborne Division's team at the end of his second deployment.

    My first observation is that the author, Travis Mills, is a bit arrogant from the get-go. After reading the whole book, I believe this is what made him such a good leader in the Army. His description of deployment: "Life in the Afghan outback was the military version of Seinfeld , an endless show about nothing."

    I was surprised to learn that the Taliban is basically a drug cartel, which controls the bulk of the world's heroin business, 87% of which originates in Afghanistan. According to SSG Travis Mills this war is not religious, it's about money. (page 154)

    The story is overwhelming, more so in light of the fact that the author is not yet 30 years old. The amount of life experience is incredible. It is beyond me to comment on the deployment part of the book, except to say that it will leave you, the reader, feeling as though you were there. It is an honest account without being unduly terrifying. I will leave it at that.

    As to the author's rehabilitation for losing four limbs, he has an incredible support system. His wife and her parents, and his parents, have been incredibly involved in his rehabilitation. The fact that he does not have PTSD is an amazing blessing. My son is not an amputee, but has PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

    SSG Travis Mills is an incredibly strong young man. Thank you, Travis, for your service, not only in the Army, but now as you continue to support your fellow warriors and fellow amputees. Your book moved me greatly. God bless you in your brave life as husband, father, son and brother.

    The author's message to his readers on page 246:

    Hard times come to everybody. When hard times happen, we have a choice to make. We can become discouraged and bitter, or we can choose never to quit. When life gets hard, the key is just to keep pushing forward. Instead of saying, "It could be worse", the key is to say, "It's going to get better." Then work with all your might toward that goal.

    I highly recommend this book to those who want an inside look at overcoming adversity with great courage and determination. Travis Mills is a great example to anyone who lacks motivation in his or her circumstances.

    I received my copy of Tough As They Come from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.

    My rating: four stars
  2. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Tough as they come ~ SGG Travis Mills
    December 27, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Tough As THey Come: A Memoir.
    SSG Travis Mills tells the story of how one day his life changes forever. He shares his struggles and what it takes to overcome the hand he was dealt. He is the only one of the five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. This book starts his journey from high school to the present. His faith and family keeps him going on a daily basis. He shares his heartache, frustration and all the pain he has each day. He has come through this with the help from his wife and her faith. Today he shares his story with others and is a great inspirational speaker that will not give up hope.

    I recommend this book to anyone that wants to have a great read and be inspired. This book is about one man surviving and living his life in a way that he never dreamed he would be living. His story is uplifting and inspirational to all that read it. As a book of faith, I was not impressed by some of the language, that is the one thing I wish would have been left out, however, the story is worth the read. GREAT BOOK!! **if giving as a gift, please note that this book has some bad language in it**

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  3. Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    One Man's Victory
    November 30, 2015
    pastor les
    Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Tough As THey Come: A Memoir.
    This is an astounding story of one man's victory over seemingly insurmountable odds. SSG Mills a Michigan man who was a star football player,tough athlete and suffered the loss of all of his limbs as he ignited an IED on his third assignment in Afghanistan in the very prime of life. His story is well written and documented .We follow him prior to his army enlistment through the horrendous aftermath of his injury and recuperation.

    Mills is only the fifth to survive as a quadruple amputee in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This is a personal

    tour through his mental and physical agony. He is proven to be one tough man pushing himself through

    some severe pain as he once again walks and strives to resume some normalcy of life. The love and support of his wife was a key to help him work through the pain and anxiety of losing all of his limbs. This is indeed a compelling story of heroism. He would do even better of the Lord Jesus would have been a greater prart of his live. There is some crude language that I did not appreciate,however basically it is a good read that I received from Blogging For Books. Find a copy and read it today.
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