First Lady Ann LePage Honored for Helping Make Travis Mills’ Dream a Reality

August 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 9 Contact: Lynn Harvey, (207) 624-7500

AUGUSTA – First Lady Ann M. LePage was recognized this morning as the official "First Lady of Camp" for her dedication to the Travis Mills Project—National Veterans Family Center. The center, located at Camp Kennebec on the shores of Salmon Lake in Belgrade, offers disabled veterans and their families an opportunity to relax and enjoy all of the traditional sports and activities offered at summer camps, such as water skiing, golf, tennis and volleyball.

On April 10, 2012, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was on patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan when he fell victim to an IED explosion. He is only the fifth quadruple amputee from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

Humbled and inspired by this soldier’s story, First Lady LePage now champions the cause to create the center.

“I’m so honored that Bread of Life Ministries and Travis Mills asked me to be a part of this amazing project,” said Mrs. LePage. “As we all know, this group of young men and women returning from their military service with disabilities and needs is growing too quickly. I join Travis in his vision of offering this camp to veterans and their families so they can unite with the land, the water, nature and each other. They can be inspired by each other and regain the courage and confidence to keep moving forward.”

Bread of Life Ministries and its Executive Director, Dean Lachance, have partnered with Joel and Crista Lavenson, owners of Camp Kennebec, to provide the camp experience to veterans at no cost to them. At a Blaine House ceremony this morning, they showed an inspiring video of Travis during his recovery and presented Mrs. LePage with a certificate proclaiming her as the “First Lady of Camp.”

For more information on the Travis Mills Project—National Veterans Family Center, go to: www.veteransfamilycamp.com.

(Photo is linked below) Photo Caption: First Lady Ann M. LePage is recognized as the “First Lady of Camp.” Pictured are (l. to r.) Bread of Life Ministries Exec. Dir. Dean Lachance and Bread of Life Ministries board chairman Sam Tippet; First Lady Ann M. LePage; Joel and Crista Lavenson, owners of Camp Kennebec; and George O’Keefe, special projects director.

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