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Military Service: Keeping Faith and Finding Hope – A Community Film Screening of Travis: A Soldier’s Story

Wed Feb 5 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. —   In an effort to support military and veterans, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary will host a community film screening of the documentary, Travis: A Soldier’s Story, on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The event, hosted in Reinartz Hall at 1000 Wildwood Avenue, also includes a reception and an opportunity for questions with SSG Travis Mills (Retired), his wife Kelsey, and the documentary film crew from Fotolanthropy. All proceeds go to benefit local non-profits that support the military and veterans’ community.

On April 10, 2012, a landmine nearly took the life of Travis Mills, a husband, father, and soldier. Amputations took parts of each of Travis’ limbs, making him one of just five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive their injuries. Travis: A Soldier’s Story explores Travis’ remarkable journey of healing as he learns to live life to the full in ways he never before imagined.

“No one enters war-time military service and is unchanged,” says Pastor Eric Wester, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  “Hearing Travis describe his experiences will help anyone who wants to ‘support the troops’ learn what actually helps.”

The Rev. Dr. Clay Schmit, Provost of the Lenoir-Rhyne School of Theology, concurs. “This event provides an invaluable opportunity for members of the seminary, military, and Columbia communities to celebrate the journey of Travis, as well as to anticipate this sort of healing and redemption in all of our contexts.”

Come experience the courage and determination of this young family who live remarkable hope in the midst of great sacrifice, and, perhaps, find inspiration to live life to the full. Visit for a film trailer and to learn more about Travis’ story.

Tickets are $7, and for every ticket purchased, one will be given to a local student. You may purchase tickets online at or by mailing a check payable to LTSS to Emily Silvola at 4201 N. Main Street, Columbia, SC, 29203. This is the first in a series of film screenings hosted by Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary that will continue in the Fall of 2014.

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