AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)  – The Auburn Student Veterans Association will host a Veterans Gala on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National.

This year’s special guest and keynote will be Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, US Army (Ret.). SSG Mills was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED while on patrol, losing portions of both legs, and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. His keynote speech teaches and inspires audiences nationwide to "Never give up. Never quit." no matter the obstacles or circumstances.

The ticketed event is open to members of the public ages 21 and older, with reservations open through Friday, Nov. 3. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner and programming at 7 p.m. Dress is black tie invited, military uniform or formal attire.