Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing are partnering with the Travis Mills Foundation, providing a 25-foot Avalon GS model pontoon boat that will be used at the Travis Mills Foundation Maine Chance Lodge & Retreat. Honda Marine provided the power for the pontoon, donating a Honda BF60 outboard motor.
The Travis Mills Foundation supports combat injured veterans and their families through long-term programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.
“Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing are privileged to be able to join with the Travis Mills Foundation by providing the 25-foot GS model for these deserving veterans,” said Jim Wolf, President and CEO, Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing. “We are honored to be a part of this activity that helps with the reintegration of our heroic combat-injured veterans and their families.”
The Travis Mills Foundation is creating a fully accessible retreat for combat injured veterans and their families. The retreat, located in Rome, Maine, will be a uniquely designed, fully accessible, comfortable lodge for relaxation, adaptive sports and family recreation.
The retreat will fill a vital role in the recovery, camaraderie, spousal support, reconnection, relaxation and reintegration of our military heroes – a true and lasting symbol of a grateful nation.
Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing, maker of Avalon and Tahoe brands of pontoon boats, has been designing and manufacturing high quality, made-in-America pontoon boats in Alma, Michigan for more than 40 years.
“Avalon has a special kinship with SSG Travis Mills, who is a Vassar, Michigan native and Avalon pontoon boat owner,” added Wolf. “Avalon, and our partner Honda Marine, who provided the outboard motor for the pontoon, fully supports the foundation’s mission. Donations and sponsorships are critical to achieving the mission of the Travis Mills Foundation and we encourage others to support the foundation.”
About the Travis Mills Foundation
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.
In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans.
Travis also founded the Travis Mills Group, LLC where he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.
To read the July 2016 feature in Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine on Travis Mills see our digital issue.