Travis: A Soldier’s Story is Fotolanthropy’s new documentary film of the inspiring true story of United States Army Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. On his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, SSG Mills was critically injured on April 10, 2012 by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol. Due to the explosion, SSG Mills lost portions of both legs and both arms. He is only the fifth quadruple amputee from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
This is a wounded soldier’s unique and powerful story. Even though Sgt. Mills has endured this unimaginable tragedy, he fights daily to recover for his wife and one year old daughter and to live a fulfilled life. Travis is defying all odds by the progress he has made in under six months. His story has touched hearts across the globe. Our goal in creating this film is to inspire and give hope to others as the theme of perseverance despite difficult circumstances is universal.
Why we are on Kickstarter
When I learned of SSG Mills story, I was so incredibly moved and I knew I wanted to help share his story. I gathered my team and we flew to North Carolina to film the story of this hero. Working with Travis and his family was an experience of a lifetime. When I sat on the plane to fly home I knew in my heart that we had to do something MORE for this soldier that has sacrificed so much for all of us.
We have placed our story on Kickstarter to help take this film to the next level! Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. When we first endeavored to film this story, our intention was to make a short film for the web as we usually produce for Fotolanthropy. During our film time with Travis and his family, we realized we wanted to give MORE to Travis by creating a short documentary capturing his entire story with cinematic excellence. We plan to share Travis’s story across the country, premier the film in selected theatres and submit the story to film festivals.
How you can Help
We need your support to help us raise the funds for this project. This is our first time to ever go out and raise funds for a Fotolanthropy project. We believe in this story and feel it can be an inspiration to lives across the country. We also believe in honoring our soldiers, especially those who have been wounded and sacrificed so much. I am humbly asking you to help us in the following ways:
1. Kickstarter: please consider making a donation to our project – any amount will help. Please visit:
2. Share the Story: please help us rally around this wounded soldier by sharing his story! For example, please share this story on facebook, twitter, email, with friends and family, church groups, other non-profits, media. Please share the following link:
Thank you for your time and your consideration of supporting this war hero that has given so much to us!
Founder of Fotolanthropy