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  • UNE's Military Appreciation Club to rehabilitate and renovate properties for veteran families

     The Travis Mills Foundation announced that the Military Appreciation Club at the University of New England will be visiting the Maine Chance Veteran Family Retreat grounds on November 8, 2015 to help the Travis Mills Foundation further its mission to rehabilitate and renovate the property for veteran families. 
    The students will help prepare buildings for winterization, and clean up the grounds.  
    The University of New England recently created the Military Appreciation Club to celebrate diversity and promote awareness, support, camaraderie and integration between veteran and civilian students at UNE.  As a club, they aim to participate in service projects that are geared toward assisting members of the military and veterans.
    Currently, UNE has been working closely with the Undergraduate Student Government to plan an annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony that will take place right on the Biddeford campus. They have also been collecting used ink cartridges to donate to Operation Shoebox where they will be recycled for postage money to cover the costs of sending out care packages. Each member has joined for reasons meaningful and personal to them, but what they have in common is their passion for the work they are doing and will continue to do as members of the UNE Military Appreciation Club.
    The Maine Chance Veteran Family retreat is the vision of  retired U.S. Army SSG Travis Mills, 82nd Airborne, who was critically wounded in 2012 while serving his country on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Travis is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. 
    Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest to renovate this iconic homestead. Upon completion of extensive rehabilitation, the property will become the nation’s first fully-accessible, “smart home” facility dedicated to serving the recreational and reintegration needs of combat-wounded veteran families. 
    The retreat will fill a vital role in the recovery, camaraderie, spousal support, reconnection, and relaxation for our military heroes - a true and lasting symbol of a grateful nation
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