Army veteran, founder of retreat for wounded veterans has meeting at White House

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Travis Mills, an Army veteran and quadruple amputee, meets with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on July 10, 2017. (Photo credit Team Travis Mills)

ROME, Maine — An Army veteran who lost all four limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan and opened a retreat in Maine for other injured veterans says he had an impromptu meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.

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Travis Mills, an Army veteran and quadruple amputee, meets with President Donald Trump at the White House on July 10, 2017. (Photo credit Team Travis Mills)

Travis Mills posted pictures on Facebook on Monday of himself with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

“Just making America great again for our veterans!” Mills said in a Facebook post.

“On a serious note, thank you Vice President Mike Pence for hosting me and our team at the The White House today. It was an honor to share our mission of hosting recalibrated warriors at the Travis Mills Veterans Retreat. And, President Donald J. Trump thank you for meeting with us impromptu as well. #TMFVetRetreat #SSGTravisMills”

Mills says he was meeting with the Republican vice president about his veterans retreat in Rome, Maine, when he got a chance to meet the president as well.

Mills’ lakeside retreat was dedicated last month. It hosts combat-injured veterans and their families for free.

Mills says the retreat shows participants how they can continue to engage in recreational activities with their families. Fifty-six families are expected visit the camp this summer.

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Travis Mills, an Army veteran and quadruple amputee, meets with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on July 10, 2017. (Photo credit Team Travis Mills)

After Mills suffered his injuries in 2012, the 30-year-old Michigan native started a foundation to raise money for wounded veterans and moved to the Augusta area, where his wife Kelsey is from.

At the end of June, the foundation had the grand opening of its retreat overlooking Long Pond in Rome, where 56 veterans will stay along with their family members this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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