Spirit of a Hero was founded after an inspiring young soldier touched the hearts of Rick and Tancy Turner. The “spirit” of this youn man is an inspiration to all.
On April 10th, 2012, just four days prior to his 25th birthday, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, of the 82nd Airborne Division, was critically injured by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan. Travis lost all four limbs in the explosion, but one thing he did not lose was his spirit.
Rick Turner, a former 82nd Airborne Paratrooper and Purple Heart Recipient, read Travis’ story and immediately knew he had to do something. Rick and his wife, Tancy, began planning a motorcycle ride and benefit for Travis and his family. Through hard work, perseverance, many supporters, and the hand of God, Rick and his wife raised over $33,000 for Travis and his family. An outpouring of support and requests to continue on with fundraising efforts led the Turner’s to creating the Spirit of a Hero Foundation.
The core of this foundation is Travis Mills’ spirit. Travis exceeded the doctor’s expectation of recovery time through sheer will and determination. When he first arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center in April 2012, Travis was told it would be about 18-months recovery. Travis had some very hefty goals but had confidence he WOULD be at Green Ramp, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in August 2012 to welcome the first of his platoon home. With amazing spirit and dedication, Travis proved his proclamation to be true, and stood proud as he welcomed his troops at Green Ramp on August 29th, 2012.
In our opinion, every man and woman who serves in our military to protect our freedom is a hero. We hope that every one of them also has the spirit that Travis Mills has shown again and again. The Spirit of a Hero!
Thank you for supporting Spirit of a Hero. Your support is greatly appreciated, not only by the foundation, but by the soldiers who fight for our freedom every day.
Spirit of a Hero is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing financial, moral, and community support to veterans of the United States armed forces.
SOAH will raise awareness, provide hope, and bridge gaps in services through community-driven activities.