Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills was nearly killed while on duty in Afghanistan on April 10, 2012.
"We went on normal patrol about 4 o'clock in the afternoon," he recalled.
Mills and his comrades had already swept their location for any dreaded improvised explosive devices.
"Then I went and set my bag down," he said.
A blast went off right next to Mills. "I was on the ground like, 'Oh, no! What a horrible day!"
Mills lost both arms and both legs in the explosion, but he didn't get that news until four days later — when he woke up in a military hospital.
"It was my 25th birthday and they told me I was a quadruple amputee," he said.
But Mills was also a husband and a father.
"I have a wife and two-year-old daughter, and we plan on having more kids down the road," he said. "I have to get better and take care of my family, just like I would if I was arms and legs, normal, still in the Army."
With the use of prosthetics and amazing determination, this soldier is still fighting just to live a good life and to help others get through their own adversities.
"I never thought I would help people get through things like this, but apparently my story does," Mills said. He has heard from people all over the world who are inspired.
And there are sure to be more exposed to Mills' story when a documentary chronicling what happened to him premieres Thursday in Dallas. Travis: A Soldier’s Story depicts what makes Travis Mills so special.
It’s not about how he almost lost his life; it's about how he has gone on with it since that day in Afghanistan.
"Life goes on," Mills said. "If I sat and looked out the window and was upset about it, it would get me nowhere. I am not saying I wake up every day and say, 'Oh, sweet!' But I am still here... still doing good... and I am going to keep on going forward."