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Tough as they Come By SSG. Travis Mills

5 May


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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!

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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.

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This book was sent to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.




Things that I do and do not want to see in 2013

2 Jan

English: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the C...

English: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Source: Joshua Sherurcij

English: Source: Joshua Sherurcij (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A homeless man in Paris Français : Un...

English: A homeless man in Paris Français : Un sans domicile fixe à Paris. Tiếng Việt: Một người đàn ông vô gia cư ở Paris Polski: Bezdomny mężczyzna w Paryżu See below for more translations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sa...

English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sans abri à Tokyo. Español: Persona sin hogar, en las calles de Tokio. Türkçe: Evsiz adam, Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While some people made resolutions for the new year, I didn’t. I do however want to write about things that I am tired of seeing, and things I would love to see in the new year. You, know, those little, pesky, annoying things that people do, like maybe an annoying habit, or saying. Or, maybe, it’s just the person themselves. So here goes.

In 2013, I don’t want to see anymore:

Psy ganham style

Any kardashian

Rich people flaunting themselves in public.

Any reality so called star for that matter

Any news about Brad and Angelina.

People who constantly say, “You know,” while they are speaking to you, ugh!

And last, but not least, any celebrity that wears sunglasses at night. This has to be the lamest thing I have ever seen. Sunglasses, are made to protect your eyes from the sun, not the moon. There is less light from the moon, so you are actually inhibiting your vision, especially if you drive with them on. How dangerous is that? I don’t care how cool you think you look.

What I would like to see more of is:

Kindness and politeness from one person to another.

More love being expressed to others.

People able to get back to work.

Fewer diseases. A cure for cancer, and other illnesses.

Fewer people going to bed hungry.

Fewer homeless people. Our government local and federal do not do enough to help these people who may be out of work, or housing, or food.

Random acts of kindness for a stranger.

Peace in the world.

The war in the middle east to stop.

Our government to quit wasting our tax dollars.

An end to texting on cell phones, and people talking with each other again. I’m hoping that it is a fad, and will soon pass.

The post office to get out of the red financially.

People staying healthy, and fewer people in the hospital or doctor’s office.  Sick people getting better.

Hey, I can wish, can’t I? So, what about you? What would you like to stop seeing, and start seeing more of ? Feel free to leave me your comments. I would love to read them.

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