This Quadruple Amputee And Retired NFL Player Are Working Together To Help Others With Life-Altering Injuries

"I might as well push forward."

While serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, now-retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne, lost portions of both his arms and legs. But he won't let that stop him.

"I'm not going to be miserable for 50 more years of my life ... or however much I've got left," Mills tells Ellen DeGeneres during a recent interview appearance. "So I might as well push forward."

In 2013, Mills founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit "formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans," according to their website. The foundation offers long-term programs to those veterans and their families to help them "overcome physical obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation." Mills himself has a wife, a daughter, and a son on the way. 

Then, in 2014, Mills met former NFL player David Vobora. Vobora was the last player picked in the 2008 NFL draft. Sitting alongside Mills on The Ellen Show, he explains how he started as a player for the Seattle Seahawks, but at just 25 years old, he blew out his shoulder. Vobora retired, moved to Dallas, and started a gym to train athletes.

"In walks Travis Mills, [a] quadruple amputee," Vobora says, recalling when they met. "I was amazed watching him move on his prosthetics." 

The two began working out together, and in September of that year, Vobora founded the Adaptive Training Foundation. 

"Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, specifically those that were severely injured, [Vobora] developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find a path to life-fulfilling activity and fitness through adaptive performance training," the foundation's website explains

Now, the two are continuing to work together, with Vobora challenging Mills at the gym, and helping him with diet and exercise. Together, their positive spirit is incredible. 

"I'll be honest, I was like, 20 pounds heavier ... like a month and a half ago. But I've been dieting because I'm like, I'm going on 'Ellen.' " 

With that DeGeneres, clearly inspired by both men, announces that Walmart will be donating $10,000 to their foundation.

You can hear more about Vobora and Mills in the full interview below:



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