Travis Mills is a retired US Army Staff Sergeant, of the 82nd Airborne, who was critically injured during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012. While on patrol, an IED exploded causing him to lose part of both legs and arms. Since then, Travis continues to heal and recover, also publicly speaking about his life and challenges to organizations and companies across the country.
In September of 2013, he and his wife Kelsey founded the non-profit Travis Mills Foundation, to assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured during their service. The veteran and their families are awarded an all-expenses paid accessible vacation to Maine to participate in adaptive activities, meet other families in similar situations, and get some rest in the beautiful state.
During his recovery, Travis spent time recovering at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. However, his inspiration for an adaptive sporting facility in Maine came after travelling to Crested Butte, CO, where he took part in adaptive sports. The trip had a huge impact on he and his family, who shared the goal of bringing such a facility to their home state for wounded veterans to continue their recovery.
The foundation has created a fully accessible facility for wounded veterans and their families to come to. It’s location in Maine offers a beautiful landscape with peaceful lakes, relaxing fresh air, and wildlife. The grounds of the retreat are absolutely beautiful, and you can find pictures on their website here. Some of the 22 offered activities include: archery, pottery, fishing, hiking, golfing, martial and culinary arts, and so much more. Participation in these activities is extremely important for participants as it helps with physical and mental recovery and the chance to experience camaraderie, connection, and relaxation. This year they will host 24 weeks of programming, continue to build upon the over 210 families they have helped so far.
For more information or to donate, please visit their website here.
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