U.S. Army SSG (Ret.) Travis Mills, founder of the Travis Mills Foundation, checks out the 10 new electric bikes donated by the teamwork of Dr. Gregory Maassen, founder of ebikelovers.com; Kerri Kauffman, vice president of marketing at Juiced Bikes; and Heather Mason, president of National Bicycle Dealers Association. Submitted photo

ROME — The gift of movement has been given to the Travis Mills Foundation through the teamwork of Dr. Gregory Maassen, founder of ebikelovers.com; Kerri Kauffman, vice president of marketing at Juiced Bikes; and Heather Mason, president of National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Ten e-bikes from Juiced were delivered to the foundation this summer and assembled on site for the use of veterans retreat participants and their families.

“These electric bikes allow our participants that might not otherwise be physically able to ride an upright, two-wheel bike, to get out there and ride,” said Travis Mills Foundation Chief Operating Officer Kelly Roseberry, according to a news release from the foundation. “They provide an opportunity for … participants to get out and do something physically challenging, together as a family. These are activities that may seem common to most people, but for someone missing a lower limb, it might be impossible without the power assist these bikes provide. We have been lucky enough to witness firsthand how much joy these bikes can provide.”

The Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs at its retreat in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. Those activities help these men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.

The organization’s founder, U.S. Army SSG (Ret.) Travis Mills, coined the term “recalibrated veteran” after he lost portions of all of his limbs in an IED explosion during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012. He didn’t want to refer to himself as a wounded warrior — his wounds had healed. He had to reexamine his life and correct it in accordance with his new way of life and purpose.

Maassen, of ebikelovers.com, the country’s leading e-bike community organization, assembled the Juiced e-bikes himself on location at the retreat.

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“E-bikes are an outstanding mobility solution for millions of riders around the world. For this program, we wanted to provide reliable, safe and versatile bikes that are also incredibly fun to ride,” Maassen said. “Juiced Bikes is a trusted U.S.-based brand that clearly meets all of these requirements.”

A closeup of one of 10 e-bikes recently donated to the Travis Mills Foundation retreat in Rome. Submitted photo

Kauffman of Juiced Bikes said the organization was eager to support the nation’s recalibrated veterans.

“We feel extremely honored to support the Travis Mills Foundation,” she said. “Their efforts to support America’s heroes with extremely valuable recalibration services are an inspiration to the entire Juiced Bikes team and align with our company’s own mission of creating mobility solutions designed to empower riders and amplify individual potential.”

The weekend the bikes were assembled at the foundation, Roseberry and her family went for a test ride.

“My husband is an amputee and recalibrated veteran who works for the foundation as well, and we haven’t been on a family bike ride since our 2-year-old daughter was born,” Roseberry said. “It was an absolute game changer.”

Daniel Burgess gets ready to take a ride on one of the recently donated e-bikes at the Travis Mills Foundation retreat in Rome. Submitted photo

 

 

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