Safran Optics 1 Donates $20,000 to the Fisher House and Travis Mills Foundations

Safran Optics 1 supports non-profit organizations which seek to improve the lives of veterans and military families. Optics 1 partnered with the Fisher House and Travis Mills Foundations, donating $10,000 to each organization.

The Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. Optics 1 presented Fisher House Foundation with their $10,000 donation on October 12, 2021 during the AUSA (Association of the US Army) annual exhibition in Washington, D.C.

COL Walt Kennedy, US Army (Retired), member of the Optics 1 Business Development team at Optics 1 has firsthand experience with the Fisher House Foundation and shared his story:

“Several years ago, my wife and I had to travel from Romania to Germany for a medical issue with our infant and toddler at the time. Finding appropriate, affordable lodging was an added stress that Fisher House took care of, eliminating that burden from us. They allowed my family to focus on the medical issue at hand. Fisher House is a wonderful organization that allows families to be together during what is often very stressful and challenging times. Their lodging was also free of charge, an integral component to their organization, which is particularly important to younger military families. My family had a wonderful experience with Fisher House and we will always sing their praises.”

The Travis Mills Foundation formed to benefit and assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation. The veteran and their families receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation to Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s great outdoors.

Earlier this fall, Optics 1 headed north to present their $10,000 donation and meet with Travis, his incredible team, and receive a tour of their state-of-the art retreat in Rome, Maine. We were honored to present Travis with a donation, share stories in his family-style kitchen, and tour the 20-acre retreat, checking out the ropes course, boathouse, library, amidst the scenery of the Kennebunk and Moose River Valleys.