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Mike Rowe Meets War Vet

May 27 2014, 8:41pm CDT | by , in News

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Former "Dirty Jobs" Host Is Humbled By The Experience.

Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs," shared a Memorial Day weekend Facebook post that put the holiday into perspective for many.

Row Went On Facebook To Write About His Encounter:

"Say hi to Retired Staff Sargent Travis Mills, formerly of the 82nd Airborne, US Army.

As you can see, Travis has undergone a few structural modifications, most visibly in the leg department. Likewise, his left arm is more machine than flesh, and though his right arm appears to be around my waist, it really isn’t. Like the rest of his limbs, it’s been missing in action for some time."

Travis Mills has no arms or legs. He is an American hero who served three tours in Afghanistan and lost all his limbs when a bomb exploded under him.

"How I survived, I have no idea," he said. "I was yelling at the medic, 'Get away from me,' because I thought I was done."

The retired United States Army staff sergeant spent months recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but don't dare call him a wounded warrior.

"I'm not wounded any more," he said. "I'm just a guy living life."

Recalling comrades killed in combat, he asks: "How selfish would it be if I gave up?"
Rowe ended his candid post by reflecting on the holiday meant to honor America's military fallen.

"That's called a gut-check, and I could use one from time to time. Especially on Memorial Day, when the biggest decisions I face are what to grill and which type of frosty beverage to enjoy. This year, as I resolve these and other important issues, I'll think of Travis Mills."

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