Help support veterans and their families, and get some exercise in the process.

The Travis Mills Foundation is hosting the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K on Saturday, May 23.

SSG Travis Mills, a Vassar native, was injured on April 10, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. He lost portions of both arms and legs when an IED (improvised explosive device) went off while he was on patrol. Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

The Mid-Michigan native went on to create the Travis Mills Foundation in 2013 with the mission to benefit and help 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service. The veterans and their family get an all-inclusive, all-expenses-paid, barrier-free vacation to Maine where they can relax and enjoy the companionship of others.

"It's all about just giving them the mindset of 'never give up. Never quit.' Which has been my slogan since my injury. And letting them know, 'hey, don't sit on the sidelines. Be active with your family. Be active in society and get out there. Understand you're not alone,'" Mills said.

Proceeds from the 5K will go to the Travis Mills Foundation.

"It feels amazing that the community wants to surround us and support us, my wife and I, and my foundation," Mills said.

The race starts at the T. North Pavilion at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, which means a lot to Mills.

"Because I know how lucky I am to still be around. I have buddies that didn't make it back home, left behind a wife, their children, their families. And I always push forward and think instead of looking at my situation as how horrible this is with no arms and legs, to realizing how lucky am I to watch my daughter do gymnastics on the weekends and watch my son run around and wrestle me and things like that," Mills said.

Mills is planning to be at the race.

"If doesn't matter if you're from Vassar, Frankenmuth, Flint, down in Detroit, wherever. Come out to the race. It's going to be a fun day and it's going to a cause that everybody can get behind," Mills said.

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