Travis Mills: Assisting Wounded and Injured Veterans

May 29, 2018

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Travis Mills gives a tour of his wounded veterans' camp at the former estate of cosmetics magnate Elizabeth Arden in Rome, Maine.
Credit Elise Amendola / Associated Press

The Travis Mills Foundation and Retreat is a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. We’ll speak with Mills and program director Kelly McGaughey about the work the foundation and retreat does to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families. They’ll discuss how they help wounded veterans realize they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. We’ll also get an update on the 6th annual Miles for Mills 5K on Memorial Day.


Travis Mills, staff sergeant, U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, on a mission April 10, 2012, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he set his backpack down — and a buried IED exploded on impact. When Mills woke up four days later on his 25th birthday, he had lost all four limbs. Mills is one of only five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his quadruple amputee injuries.

Kelly McGaughey, program director for the Travis Mills Foundation Retreat for wounded vets and families. Before joining the Travis Mills Foundation, Kelly was a PT at the military’s flagship hospital for Wounded Warrior care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the amputee clinic.

Independent U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine, by phone.