Travis Mills: An American Hero
In August of last year, I had the privilege and honor to meet Army Staff Sargent Travis Mills when he came to York, PA to present to a Junior Achievement event that my waste company sponsored.
Travis is an 82nd Airborne soldier who lost all four limbs on April 10, 2012 during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Travis is one of only five soldiers to survive such a catastrophic injury, but Travis doesn’t give up. Travis is a fighter who continues to serve. Travis is an amazing person, and within the first 5 minutes of meeting him last August, he commented to me that the day that he lost his limbs was just “a bad day at the office.” Many of you know me, so you will know that it takes a lot to make me speechless…Travis’ comment left me without words.
Travis told me about the Travis Mills Foundation and his vision for a facility that would benefit and assist wounded veterans and their families. Travis and I have stayed in touch over the last year, and yesterday I traveled to Maine and had the honor of witnessing first hand the “will of a warrior” when the Travis Mills Foundation held the grand opening of their lakeside retreat. It is a beautiful property that the Travis Mills Foundation has spent the last several years renovating, where wounded veterans and their families from Pennsylvania and all over the country can stay free in a beautiful, relaxing and accommodating environment. The facility can accommodate 8 families at one time, and it is an opportunity for friendships to be formed among wounded veterans and their families.
Yesterday at the event, the Travis Mills Foundation had 35 families that had reserved a week but did not have sponsors. The total amount needed to sponsor the 35 families was $130,000. I challenged the attendees at the opening ceremony that if they would raise $65,000, I would match the $65,000.
I was informed this morning that they were able to raise well over the $65,000.
Without hesitation, for me to support this important foundation, is because I understand that so much is owed to the 1% of Americans who serve in the military. Now I am asking you to consider contributing to the Travis Mills Foundation. Because of men and women like Travis, you and I are living the American Dream. You and I will never have to stand on a battlefield. Your donation, big or small, is a service to those who’ve given us everything.
Please consider a contribution to the Travis Mills Foundation by clicking here.