Staff Sergeant Travis Mills tells the true story of what happened to him after he stepped on an IED during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army. Prior to his accident, Sgt. Mills shares with the reader how terrible the daily conditions are for those stationed in another country. While I enjoyed reading this book and I appreciate his honesty, there were times when I felt that Sgt. Mills was giving the reader too much information. Case in point: while I realize that living conditions are very rough for the men and women serving over there, did I really need to know how long the men have to go without showering and what it feels like in detail for a man? Mills describes the sensation of going on patrol, with a lingering odor, while your sticky, unwashed, thighs, cling to your uniform. To be fair, Mills does give a good description of his life before and after his accident. While on patrol with his men, he steps on an IED (improvised exploding device) placed by the Taliban, which damaged both of his arms and legs, leaving him a quadruplegic for life. The man is just twenty-five years old. Travis describes the difficulty in accepting this difficult news, and the transformation that his life took, before being able to come home to his young wife and children. Despite his very difficult hardships, the man never gave up. He even went as fas as stepping up his recovery schedule in therapy against his doctor’s orders. Mills succeeds and is now able to function without his limbs. He travels around as a motivational speaker for others who have gone through similar situations. He is able to help other soldiers who have lost limbs, and have to cope with this new way of life. Travis Mills is a hero without a doubt. I’ve read several books written by soldiers serving in Afghanistan, but never one as precise and detailed as this one. If you have ever wondered what a soldier goes through both mentally and physically on a daily basis while stationed in the middle east, and what they have to endure, this book answers your questions. This book is an excellent read, and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. It is that good! It is rare when I find a book so good that I look forward to reading it again just to see what I may have missed. I’m happy to report that Tough as they Come, is one of those books, and I can’t wait to read it a second time through!
Today, Travis Mills is retired, and spends his time as a motivational speaker and an advocate for veterans and amputees. He is 1 of only 5 servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. He started the Travis Mills Foundation which benefits and helps wounded and injured veterans. For more information, please visit: http://www.travismills.org.
This book was sent to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I turned on my laptop this afternoon, I saw a news flash that this young actor had been killed in an automobile accident today. At first, I thought maybe it was one of those internet hoaxes, but minutes later, the sad and tragic news had been reported from some very reliable news sources. It wasn’t until I had read that his publicist had released a statement that the news was true that my mind finally accepted it. I didn’t know Paul William Walker IV, but I along with millions around the world was familiar with his work. I especially enjoyed his Fast & Furious movies. Paul left us way too soon, yet he had accomplished so much in 40 years. He made a living doing something that he enjoyed: acting. I felt that I had to post something as I am way to familiar with losing a child. Of course his parents may never see it, but then again, maybe somebody on Facebook knows them, and will send it to them. I thought I’d post it here as well. From my Facebook page:
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and relatives of actor Paul William Walker IV, his daughter, Meadow Rain, his brothers Caleb, and Cody, and his sisters, Ashlie, and Aime. and especially to his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Paul William Walker III. The pain and loss of the death of a child is something that no parent should ever endure, I speak from experience. I offer Mr. & Mrs. Walker my heartfelt condolences during this time of your great loss.
On behalf of millions of Paul’s fans, please know that your son Paul William Walker IV, entertained countless people around the world in his movies. and gave great joy to many. He will be truly missed, yet he left behind a legacy of his work on film for us to enjoy. For that, I say, thank you Paul! Rest in peace my young brother. You have truly gone too soon.
Moulage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Motor vehicle accident following a vehicular pursuit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hello readers! My daughter telephoned me about five hours ago. I could tell immediately by the sound of her voice that something was terribly wrong. She was in her car, and had just been in an accident. She told me that her car was totaled and that the fire department was trying to get her out of the car. I immediately asked her if she was okay as I didn’t care about her car. You can always get another car, but not another daughter. She told me that she was okay, but just a little confused. I told her to make sure that they took her to the hospital to get checked out. She lives in Las Vegas so it wasn’t like I could jump in my car and rush to the scene. It made me think about the time when my daughter Michelle, was little. Our children depend upon us to take care of them. We wipe their runny nose, give them liquid aspirin when they have a fever, assure them that there is no monster under the bed at night, comfort them when they cry, and rush them to the hospital when they hurt themselves. I took my son to the emergency room more than my daughters. Somehow, boys just seem to hurt themselves more than girls. Let’s face it. Girls are smarter. They usually think before they act. My son was daring. He would climb the nearest tree branch, and then jump off. He would always insist that I watch him too. I would usually cringe and say a quick prayer that he would be okay, but I never stopped him unless I knew for a fact that he was going to hurt himself. When he became a teen, he wanted a skateboard. With much reservation, I bought him one. I insisted that he always wear a helmet. He reluctantly agreed. Then our children get a driver’s license. That’s when the real worrying begins. But my children have driven me around town and with the forty years of professional experience that I have as a driver including driving trucks for companies, they asked me for my opinion. I gave them high marks. But, you can’t be there with them every time they get behind the wheel. Accidents happen, it’s a fact of life. You just hope and pray that everything will be okay. Well, I heard from my daughter a little while ago. While she is still shaken, she will be all right. Her aunt is picking her up at the hospital and arranging for a rental car so she can get to work. She will just need the rest of the weekend to recover mentally. I’m very grateful that things turned out the way that they did. I’ve offered a prayer of thanks that she is still here. My oldest daughter passed away in 2005. I was not looking forward to going to another funeral, and I don’t know if I could have handled it if Michelle had been killed. Your children are not supposed to pass away before you do, but sadly, it happens. The doctors told her that she was very lucky. Most people would have been decapitated in the type of accident that she was in. I’m very grateful for the angels that surrounded her and her vehicle! Thank God she is going to be okay. So if you have little children, tonight when you tuck them in bed, give them a big kiss and a hug. If you have grown children, call them and make sure that they are doing okay. Time moves fast. Take care of yourselves and be safe!
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