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New veterans recreation center needs volunteers, donors

Posted May 13, 2013, at 6:03 p.m.

BELGRADE, Maine — Volunteers and donations of materials, time and trade skills are needed to help a National Veterans Recreation Center for severely disabled veterans come to fruition on Salmon Lake at Camp Kennebec in Belgrade.

Veteran Travis Mills, an Afghanistan combat quadruple amputee, and his wife Kelsey and family members promoted the idea of the recuperation camp, and leaders of the Bread of Life Ministries of Augusta, which operates a homeless shelter for veterans, jumped on board.

Most veterans who will use the center will have been treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the 100 percent handicapped-accessible facility in Belgrade will provide a needed step toward healing.

Volunteers are needed for carpentry, electrical, plumbing and general cleanup and fixup. Anyone wishing to volunteer, make donations or ask information may call Executive Director Dean Lachance or Director of Special Projects George O’Keefe at Bread of Life Ministries at 626-3434, or visit headquarters at 157 Water St., Augusta.

To witness the incredible spirit of this brave soldier journeying to recovery, visit these two web connections:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gRctLk0N7I <blockedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gRctLk0N7I>  (his recovery video) and  http://vimeo.com/55906998<blockedhttp://vimeo.com/55906998>  (a professional trailer summarizing his story)

 This information provided by Augusta Rotary Club, promoter of FLOAT (Faith Leaders of Augusta Together) Contact Nelson Leavitt 207-622-6093

 

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