Everyone in Mid-Michigan should know the story of Vassar native, Travis Mills.  One chapter of his life has come to an end with his retirement from the Army, but his commitment to helping military families is opening up an entire new book.

Travis lost his arms and legs due to an IED in Afghanistan, but his story of recovery is one of the most inspiring that we've ever heard.

Mid-Michigan rallied around Mills and his family as they started the Travis Mills Foundation.  Travis set a personal goal to be out of the hospital permanently in 18 months, and beat that record by one month.

After beating all the odds, and doing it with a smile, Mills is turning his foundation in a new direction.  The Travis Mills Foundation will help the families of service members who died overseas.  "I had buddies overseas who perished and left behind a daughter or son.  The first two recipients will be my buddies who died overseas, each with a three-year-old daughter," explained Mills.

Anyone looking for inspiration, hope and a real role model should start in Vassar.  Thank you Travis for being all of those things, and more.

 ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI