January 10, 2019: Since 2017, selected veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service have come to Maine in the summer, along with their families, for an all-expenses-paid vacation. This retreat is courtesy of a foundation created by a war-wounded veteran named Travis Mills, who himself has had a quadruple amputation.
But this retreat, founded by the Travis Mills Foundation, is much more than a destination for fun in the New England sun. It’s a place where veterans and their families can bond with one another, and participate in traditional activities that are adapted to teach new skills and strategies to ensure participation for everyone.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist and program director of the Travis Mills Foundation, Kelly Roseberry, tells us about this special retreat, the man who started it, and all that it represents to the wounded warriors. She also discusses what brought her to the organization, how the retreat works, and why its emphasis on family is so vitally important.
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Kelly Roseberry, PT, DPT, is program director of the Travis Mills Foundation, which hosts vacation retreats for veterans injured while serving and their families in Manchester, Maine. Prior to working with the Foundation, she was a physical therapist and center coordinator of clinical education at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her clinical work has focused on comprehensive wounded warrior and amputee care in both inpatient and outpatient settings within the military population. She also serves as director of the Winter Adventure Amputee Camp for children with limb differences in Virginia. Kelly is considered an expert in the field of amputee care