71-Year-Old Man Bringing Attention to Veteran Homelessness During Hike Across America
William Shuttleworth, a 71-year-old United States Air Force Veteran, is traveling through North Central Kansas on-foot this week, part of a seven-month walk from his hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with the goal of drawing attention to the plight of homeless veterans.
Along the way, Shuttleworth is meeting, sharing and talking to any vet he can. He told KNCK News he's raising awareness to help the men and women who are truly the heroes of our nation, to support our veterans, and to help spread the word about veterans issues.
Shuttleworth is a retired educator and has worked as a psychologist and a college professor. He also served in the United States Air Force for six years, including active and reserve time.
He says veterans give a lot and often have little to show for it.
His five recommendations are to elect a veteran at the national, state and local level; eliminate veteran homelessness by 2030; provide free medical care for any veteran who was ever drafted and was discharged with an Honorable Discharge, because there's too many veterans that don’t qualify for veteran medical services because they didn’t meet service length obligations; guarantee medical and mental health treatment within 30 days for all veterans; and increase starting pay for enlistees to a "livable wage."
During his journey, Shuttleworth will visit 13 states and walk about 3,600 miles. Along the way, he's raising money for the Disabled American Veterans Association, a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.
To learn more about William's mission, visit vetsdontforgetvets.com