A quadruple amputee opens a gorgeous retreat dedicated to healing disabled vets

2455328 A quadruple amputee opens a gorgeous retreat dedicated to healing disabled vets

Retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills talks to hundreds of Soldiers about resilience, Feb. 9, 2016, at a U.S. Military District of Washington-sponsored program at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. (David Vergun/Defense Media Activity)

ROME, Maine — A permanent retreat for war-injured military personnel and family members is being formally dedicated.

Nearly $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions have gone into the lakeside camp created by a foundation established by former staff Sgt. Travis Mills.

Mills, a quadruple amputee, credits support from his family for helping him to recover from the devastating injuries caused by an explosion in Afghanistan. His goal is to bring family members along with injured soldiers and Marines to continue their recovery.

Mills, who’s 30, said it’s important for veterans to learn that they don’t have to sit on the sidelines while their families enjoy recreational activities This summer, 56 families will be visiting the camp. They’ll do things together, including kayaking, fishing and tubing.

 

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