The city of Vassar was abuzz Friday night with the arrival of Travis Mills, the Army staff sergeant who lost all four of his limbs in Afghanistan last year.
Mills welcomed a hometown audience who came to screen a newly released documentary about his journey to recovery.
â??Travis: A Soldier's Storyâ?? was produced by Dallas-based nonprofit Fotolanthropy with more than $16,000 raised through crowd funding website, Kickstarter. The film reenacts Millsâ?? injury on April 10, 2012 and features interviews from Mills, his family and fellow soldiers. Mills is one of just five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive their injuries.
Ever his upbeat self, Mills greeted people outside the Vassar Theatre with hugs and plenty of jokes.
Mills continues his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but on Friday, Mills was all about being back in Vassar, even sporting Vulcan orange for the occasion.
"I think it really captures everything that my wife and I and my daughter have been through, my family, the support,â?? Mills said of the film. â??I think it's just gonna be a wonderful thing,â?? he added.
There are two more screenings of the film Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and a 4 p.m. matinee showing on Sunday.
You can also purchase DVDs of the movie for $14.99 through www.travisthemovie.com.
Mills said he wants to donate half of the film's proceeds to the local American Legion, VFW and Vassar Public Schools.