A 71-year-old Air Force veteran is walking across the country to raise awareness about veteran's issues.
William Shuttleworth is just over a month into his seven-month trek across America, and is pleased that there is already “quite a stir” about the adventure, after all that is the whole reason he is doing it.
Shuttleworth began this walk in hopes of bringing attention to issues facing veterans in our country, including health care, homeless rates among veterans, pay and mental health care.
The 71-year-old Air Force veteran began walking from his home in Massachusetts on May 15 and will make his way to Chillicothe between 3-4 p.m., Wednesday. He plans to speak at the Elks Lodge at 6 p.m,., in an effort to bring more awareness to the real reason for his walk: issues facing veterans.
On his website www.vetsdontforgetvets.com he lays out his top five recommendations, to lawmakers, for veterans in our country. “Elect a veteran. At the national, state and local level. Vets don’t forget vets. Eliminate veteran homelessness by 2030. Free medical care for any veteran who was ever drafted and was discharged with an honorable discharge. Guarantee medical and mental health treatment within 30 days for all veterans. Increase starting pay for enlistees to a ‘livable wage’.”
Along his path to California Shuttleworth is making stops in towns across the county, including Chillicothe, and is stopping at civic organizations, sharing his mission, and speaking with veterans and other concerned citizens.
“I do think people care about veterans,” he said while walking on backroads off of Highway 36 on Monday. “I just hope Congress does too.”