December 25, 2013

Documentary about wounded veteran coming to Augusta

Film tells story of Travis Mills’ recovery from quadruple amputation.

By Susan McMillan smcmillan@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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LOCAL HERO: A nonprofit photography group, Fotolanthropy, has made a documentary about Travis Mills called “Travis: A Soldier’s Story.” It’s coming to Maine for a screening at Cony High School in January. Mills, who lost four limbs in combat in Afghanistan in April 2012, is building a home in Manchester.

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Documentary: “Travis: A Soldier’s Story” will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Cony’s Viles Auditorium.

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“Travis: A Soldier’s Story” will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Cony’s Viles Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be bought only at travis-augusta.eventbrite.com, but those without Internet access can call Ashley Harriman at 441-3156. Ticket sales will benefit Fotolanthropy and the Travis Mills Foundation.

Mills set up the foundation to provide investment funds to children of armed forces personnel killed in action and to support the National Veterans Family Camp, an adaptive camp for disabled veterans at Camp Kennebec in Belgrade.

Bread of Life Executive Director Dean Lachance, who’s spearheading development of the camp, will be at the screening seeking donations. He said he wants to raise $5 million to buy the camp, renovate it to be fully accessible and provide initial operating funds, plus an additional $15 million to endow the camp.

If he’s not able to attend the screening at Cony, Mills will at least appear via Skype. He said the film is not too gory for children under 10, but he added a warning.

“Bring your tissues,” he said. “I got yelled at. One elderly lady yelled at me because we didn’t say to bring Kleenex. She said she sobbed all over her nice blouse.”

Susan McMillan — 621-5645smcmillan@centralmaine.comTwitter: @s_e_mcmillan
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