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'Horses for Armed Forces' hopes to raise money for veterans in Maine

A high school junior at Monmouth Academy is already working on her "senior project," a special event to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation. (WGME)

MONMOUTH (WGME) – A high school junior at Monmouth Academy is already working on her "senior project," a special event to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation.

Mills, a veteran, and quadruple amputee, opened a retreat for veterans and their families in Maine.

Emily Burgess has been riding and showing horses her whole life.

She competes in state and national barrel racing championships.

Her event, "Horses for Armed Forces" is exactly what school leaders hope a senior project will be.

There will be a barbecue and donation buckets, and lots of opportunities for horse selfies.

But at the heart of the project is the man who continues to inspire so many, quadruple amputee and veteran Travis Mills.

“Our family never gave up when it came to our soldiers coming home,” Burgess said. “So seeing what Travis Mills has done and seeing how his family supports him and seeing how he's gonna support soldiers and other families, I just want to be a part of that and be able to help make a difference."

A spokesman for the Travis Mills Foundation says, "Events like horses for armed forces are the backbone of our organization. We're honored that Emily believes in us and in the sacrifice of veteran families."

The public is invited to watch the event and enjoy the food. For more information, click here.

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