Local siblings raise funds to benefit injured veterans

This summer, Plainville siblings Michael Ahern, 11, and Kara Ahern, 13, presented a check for $31,733.66 to the Travis Mills Foundation.

The gift marked the culmination of a fundraising drive spearheaded by the Aherns, co-presidents of Scoops for Troops.

Founded by Michael in 2019, Scoops for Troops supports Travis Mills Foundation programs to help post-9/11 recalibrated veterans overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and get some well-earned rest and relaxation at a retreat center in Maine.

Funds were accumulated over the past two years at various fundraising events coordinated by the Aherns and will cover the cost of week-long stays at the retreat for eight veterans and their families.

The website travismillsfoundation.org states, “On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

“Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit.”

As for Michael and Kara Ahern, the fundraising continues. To learn more about their efforts, visit scoopsfortroops.org.

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