Avalon and Tahoe donate boat to support group for veterans

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Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing have partnered with the Travis Mills Foundation, donating a 25-foot Avalon GS pontoon that will be used at a retreat for injured veterans and their families.

“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,” Jim Mills, president and CEO of Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing, said in a statement. “We are honored to be part of this activity that helps with the reintegration of our heroic combat-injured veterans and their families.”

The 25-foot pontoon boat is powered by a 60-hp Honda four-stroke outboard that was also donated. The boat will be used at the Travis Mills Foundation Maine Chance Lodge & Retreat in Rome, Maine. The foundation supports combat-injured veterans and their families through long-term programs.

On April 10, 2012, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol. He lost portions of both legs and both arms and is one of five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

In September 2013 he founded Travis Mills Group LLC, and he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide.