Allen Mullins, who is unemployed, said he plans to walk west toward Funeral Mountain in Death Valley, along the Nevada-California border, to raise awareness for homeless veterans.
Mullins said there are more than 200,000 homeless vets in the United States, and more than 40 percent of the homeless are veterans. And although he hasn’t served, he says that his goal of raising awareness is a noble one. “It’s time that we fought for them. They fought for us,” he said.
In the heat of the afternoon, Mullins’s stopped at the Sonic Drive-In, his first stop in Cadiz on Thursday, and he said he would probably stay in Cadiz for at least one or two nights.
Mullin’s said he’s been walking all they way from Alexandria, La., since Jan. 5 of this year, and from there he went from Atlanta, Ga., to Lexington, and then made his way here. And he’s prepared to walk for 10 years because that’s how long it will take to get to Funeral Mountain.
“It’s been very odd,” Mullins said about his journey so far. “The last town I was in (Hopkinsville), there was this guy that barks at people. So me and him barked at a couple of cars.”
Mullins said he would be heading for Metropolis, Ill., next. “I was told that that would be a good spot for me to stop,” he said.