BY PAUL KOENIG
Renovations are underway to turn beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden’s former estate and spa in Mount Vernon and Rome into a retreat for disabled and wounded veterans and their families.
The Travis Mills Foundation bought the property in February and plans to begin hosting veterans in the summer of 2017.
Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who founded the organization after losing parts of both his arms and legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2012, told Augusta area business leaders at a local chamber breakfast Wednesday morning that the purpose of the retreat is to give veterans like him and their families a place to go.
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