Sergeant Travis Mills to Keynote NAHC Annual Meeting; Schedules Book Signing
August 23, 2016 02:17 PM
Val J. Halamandaris is proud to announce that an authentic American hero, Sergeant Travis Mills, has agreed to be a Keynote Speaker at the association’s October 23-25 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The topic of his speech will be: “Never, Never Give up. Never Quit.”
“Sergeant Mills’s speech will have great relevance for nurses, aides and therapists of the home care and hospice community who, like Travis, are heroes with a passion to serve others and who know what it means to be under attack, to survive against all the odds, and to continue to serve those in need,” said Halamandaris.
Travis’s story has been featured in the national news and brought Sgt. Mills universal commendation throughout America. On April 20, 2012, Sergeant Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured during his third tour of Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive his injuries.
Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, and an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and the love and care from nurses, doctors, therapists, and aides at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and amazing spirit.
Throughout his recovery Travis has focused much of his time on reaching out to his colleagues who have been wounded in the wars. He has visited thousands, spoken to thousands more and brought hope and inspiration to every American who has heard his story. In September 2013, he agreed to create the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is assisting wounded veterans. He is also a husband and father.
Sergeant Mills has written a new book entitled As Tough As They Come, which will be available courtesy of Penguin Books at the NAHC annual meeting at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, in conjunction with his keynote speech on October 24 and three days before its nationwide release on October 27, 2016. Mills says he looks forward to meeting with homecare and hospice caregivers and has agreed to a book signing following his speech.
Halamandaris said Sgt. Mills represents a victory of the human spirit, an embodiment of Goethe’s assertion that “that which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Further, said Halamandaris, “Travis inspires us all to remain positive and determined, to uplift others, and to remember that only 10 percent of life involves what happens to us and that the important 90 percent relates to what we do about what happens to us.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to say thanks to my heroes, the nurses, aides, therapists and caregivers who lovingly go about the important work of caring for millions of people who are too sick or disabled to leave home without assistance, said Sgt. Mills.