A veteran who lost all four limbs after being hit in an IED explosion in Afghanistan five years ago has officially opened a retreat geared toward helping other veterans who have been wounded.
Staff Sergeant Travis Mills and the Travis Mills Foundation held a grand opening ceremony for the Maine Chance Retreat in Rome Sunday.
The property, which sits on 1200 acres of land, boasts 16 rooms, a theater, backyard patio, state of the art living areas, and more.
The grand opening ceremony, held at noon, was attended by several public figures including Governor LePage.
"Maine is very very proud to have the Travis Mills Foundation located here," LePage said.
Mills says the purpose of the retreat is to give wounded veterans a place to gain emotional support. He adds that the support he received from family members and programs like this one helped shape his perspective.
"I can't control every situation I find myself in," Mills said, "but I can control my attitude."
Veterans and their families will begin staying at the retreat this summer. Eight families are expected to stay per week for two months.