Quadruple-amputee U.S. soldier hit by IED stays positive in interview (video).

WNEM TV5 had the privilege of speaking with Army Staff…

WNEM TV5 had the privilege of speaking with Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, the young Vassar man wounded in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan.

“I do a lot of exercise. I work on the muscles that were there, [because] that’s how prosthetics are controlled. [I] go every day, and it just gets harder and harder,” said the soldier with a laugh.

Mills, 25, was severely wounded by the explosion in April, and he is believed to be the fourth quadruple-amputee to ever survive that kind of blast in U.S. military history. It could be a year or more before Mills leaves Walter Reed.

Mills said he appreciates the outpouring of support from Vassar and surrounding communities.

“I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s overwhelming,” he said. “My wife, my daughter, we are just . . . I do appreciate everything. Every night my wife and I, we get on [the Internet] and we see the comments people are leaving, and I just can’t believe it.”

Source: Tom Plahutnik for WNEM.

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