ROME, MAINE – The Travis Mills Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its brand new, state-of-the-art health and wellness center at the Foundation’s Building Strength Gala on Saturday night, September 10.
The new Health and Wellness Center will allow expanded programming for our nation’s recalibrated veterans and their families. The $7 million facility, which was built on-time and on budget, includes an indoor pool, massage space and fitness equipment. Veterans who have experienced life changing injuries while in service to our country will learn how to use this mainstream fitness equipment and take home with them what they learned to stay healthy beyond their visits to the Travis Mills Foundation veterans retreat.
“The health and wellness center will not only help expand our Foundation’s programming, but it will provide the tools necessary to maintain health and fitness during and after they leave our retreat,” said SSG Travis Mills, Founder of the Travis Mills Foundation. “The best job I had was serving my country, and now I have another chance to give back to the families of those who have served and sacrificed everything. I am truly grateful for everyone who believes in and supports our foundation.”
“This brand new, health and wellness center will allow us to show veterans and their families their potential, whether it’s how to swim again post injury or give them the tools to use equipment they’ll find in a gym at home to establish life-long healthy habits or to have the space to fully stretch out and participate in a yoga class. This building represents opportunity. This is where families get to do things together and no one sits on the sidelines. This building is fully accessible in every sense of the word. We are so excited and proud to share this building with our recalibrated veterans and their families,” said Kelly Roseberry, Chief Operating Officer of the Travis Mills Foundation.
SSG Mills coined the term “recalibrated veteran” after he lost portions of all of his limbs in an IED explosion during his third tour in Afghanistan. He established the Foundation, nestled in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine, in 2017, which provides various programs to other recalibrated veterans and their families that help them overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families and enjoy much needed rest and relaxation.
SSG Mills, one of only a handful of surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, founded the Travis Mills Foundation in 2014, inspired by his own challenges that he faced after stepping on an IED while on his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012 and all the men and women who provided the tools Mills needed to keep moving forward.
Since 2017, the Foundation has hosted more than 100 weeks of programming, serving 956 veterans, 1,058 families and more than 3,000 people from nearly all 50 states, along with Washington D.C. and Canada.
So far, the Building Strength Gala has raised over a half million dollars with other generous donations continuing to come in. For more information on the Travis Mills Foundation and to support its mission, please visit www.travismillsfoundation.org.