CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- A 41-year-old U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran died from a heart attack this past week, and now his veteran motorcycle club family is trying to raise enough money to give him the burial he deserves.
Jason Mills grew up in Michigan and ended up a resident of Ludlow. He was the Vice President of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club that annually contributes to Toys for Tots for western Massachusetts.
President of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, Rick Brohman told 22News that his family plans to have a military service in Michigan. The service will be on April 18th at 11 a.m. and it will cost about $8500 to take care of everything except a stone.
Jason will then be cremated and part of him will lay to rest by his daughter Erica Mills in Michigan. The other will be sent back to be buried in Agawam. Brohman said to do this the club needs to raise about $9-10,000 and they have set up a site for donations which you can find if you click here.
Mills joined the Marine Corps. in his teens spending time at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Camp Pendelton in California. Mills also did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Mills, had a final rank of a Company Gunnery Sgt., ended up in Massachusetts as part of an anti-terrorism group, but when the group was disbanded he retired after about twenty years of being in the military, according to Rick Brohman, President of the Leatherneck Motorcycle Club.
Jason “Gunny” Mills went to H.A.R.P. Mechanical in Windsor Locks Connecticut for HVAC work. It was Wednesday at work when he went out to get a tool from his truck that he suffered a heart attack and died, Brohman said.
Mills was also a recipient of the Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of heroism or notable service in a combat zone.