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Army veteran, quadruple amputee speaks to students

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A special book was presented to a special man.

The students at Marlette Elementary School received a visit today from Travis Mills. 

The former Army staff sergeant is now a motivational speaker. Mills spreads a message of how, despite losing all four limbs to a roadside bomb, he has overcome obstacles to do everything he wants to do. 

He said his mission is accomplished if he reaches just one child or adult.

"But truthfully, I never thought I’d be making such an impact on people's lives, but, since I am, I’m thankful for it," Mills said. "I want people to know they can always keep pushing forward and to never give up, to never quit.  And life will get better, you make your own situations."

Mills' jokes around with the children, having one of them remove is mechanical hand from his prosthetic arm.  He told them that one of his first goals after the bombing was to walk in a 5K in New York City, and he did it. 

"I know that kids can have it tough, it can be rough but somebody but they just know that if they put their head down and keep going forward and they set their goals and they find a way to motivate themselves," Mills said. "It's up to them to really get after it and it really does make a difference."

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