ROME – With additional space and new programs, the Travis Mills Foundation is looking to expand their impact on wounded combat veterans.
“We’ve been fortunate to have such great support and great community outreach from everybody to help us further our mission,” said Rt. SSG. Travis Mills, the president and founder of the Travis Mills Foundation.
Their retreat in Rome is looking to open its doors to more veterans and their families.
Plans to expand were announced at an event held Sunday.
Since opening in 2017, the facility has helped hundreds of veterans wounded in combat find a new purpose upon coming home, by helping them relearn sports and other physical activities.
“Families that come here when they go home find ways to do whatever program they enjoyed and gets them out of their house and not living life on the sidelines,” said Mills.
The retreat will break ground on an indoor handicap accessible pool and fitness center in September of 2020 so that they can have programming even during winter.
Mills and his team are looking to expand their programming from their original goal of 12 weeks to 40 weeks a year. And they are looking to launch a post-retreat program to work with veterans after they leave Rome.
“Just like it takes combat veterans keeping our country free, it takes a whole community and a whole country to come together to serve them,” said Brandy Cain, the executive director of the Travis Mills Foundation.
The retreat and foundation are the brain child of Travis Mills, who lost both his arms and legs during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012.
Since then he’s made it his mission to inspire others, like his family helped him.
“My daughter was there for me everyday from six months old when I got injured, all the way until I could walk again. We learned how to walk together, we got to bear down and figure out what’s my purpose in life,” said Mills.
The foundation also announced a new focus on helping vets with PTSD, by partnering with another organization.
All of this they plan to do still at zero cost to the families who use their services.
“My board members and myself don’t take a dime and we never will,” said Mills.
They’ve gotten donations but are still looking to raise more than $3 million, all to help veterans recalibrate how they see life back at home.
Donations can be made at the Travis Mills Foundation’s website.