Travis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised in Eagle Grove, Iowa until he was 14. Travis and his family then moved to nearby Webster City, Iowa and received his education from Webster City High School and Iowa Central Community College, prior to his enlistment in the Military.
Dedicated to his country and eager to serve, Travis joined the Iowa National Guard in 2001 serving as Staff Sergeant/E6. Travis was attached to the 194th Field Artillery from 2001-2009 and 334th Brigade Support Battalion from 2009 to present. Travis was deployed three times: Stateside; Kosovo and Afghanistan. His length of service was sixteen years and continues to this day.
Multiple years of combat action resulted in numerous injuries for Travis. His suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), loss of hearing in left ear, and continued back and knee pain.
Travis and his wife live in Perry, Iowa with their daughter and two sons. Puppy Jake Foundation service dog REAGAN, began his service with Travis in the spring of 2017.