Shepherd's Men Co-Founder Discusses Importance of Support for Veterans
Travis Ellis joins Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center for a new episode.
On Veterans Day and every day, we are grateful to the brave men and women who serve our country at home and abroad. In this episode of Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center, we’re joined by Travis Ellis, co-founder of Shepherd’s Men. Comprised of active or retired servicemen and civilian volunteers, Shepherd’s Men enthusiastically raises awareness and funds for the SHARE Military Initiative (SHARE) at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA and advocates for veterans experiencing the hidden injuries of war.
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Please be aware this episode contains discussion of suicide.
A Georgia native, Travis is a business owner, community leader, civilian patriot and proud father of three children. His admiration and respect for veterans began as a kid hanging out with his grandfather, a World War II veteran and his best friend. Determined to make a difference in the lives of veterans with TBI and PTSD, Travis co-founded Shepherd’s Men in 2014.
He was honored by the Recipients of the Medal of Honor with the Citizen Honors Award, the highest recognition a civilian can receive, for his tireless efforts to serve veterans. Travis runs Mobilized Fuels in Marietta, GA, a fleet fuel service company, and enjoys time off with his family.
The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service members who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001, regardless of discharge status. The program helps service members who are experiencing symptoms of or have a diagnosis of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury or concussions and any co-occurring psychological or behavioral health concerns, including post-traumatic stress.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.