US soldier, a quadruple amputee injured in Afghanistan, comes to Columbia for documentary

03/27/2014 12:43 PM

03/27/2014 12:46 PM

A documentary will be shown Friday night in Columbia, exploring the courageous fight of a quadruple amputee after he was wounded in 2012 during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mils will be on hand Friday night for the 7 p.m. showing of “Travis: A Soldier’s Story,” being presented by The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Academy of Faith and Leadership. Mils, his wife, Kelsey and the film team will answer questions after the movie, around 8:15 p.m.

The event is being held at the Christ Chapel of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia. The seminary is at 4201 North Main St.

Mils, with the 82nd Airborne, lost portions of both arms and legs as a result of an improvised explosive device, or IED, while on patrol April 10, 2012. He is one of just five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive such injuries.

The documentary — which includes interviews with fellow soldiers who witnessed the explosion, along with Mils, his wife and others — explores Mils’ challenging physical and emotional rehabilitation and his perseverance in coping with his life-altering injury.

Tickets to Friday’s event are $7. For every ticket purchased, one ticket will be donated to a local student.

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Travis: A Soldier's Story Official Trailer from Fotolanthropy on Vimeo.

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