Allen Mullins, 27, of Dalton, Ga., walked through parts of Kershaw County Saturday. We saw him outside of McDonalds and I hate it but I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. The following is copied from a post online.
Mullins is doing so to raise money and awareness for a foundation he is establishing for veterans who are homeless and face other financial difficulties.
He plans to travel to every state capital in the continental United States.
“For the next 10 years, I’m taking on the roughest terrains in America to establish a foundation to assist troops with anything they have coming to them that the government isn’t providing them,” Mullins said.
Although not a veteran, Mullins said he is sickened by the notion of the federal government leaving veterans out in the cold – literally and figuratively – after their service.
“This is something everyone complains about, but nobody seems to do anything about it,” Mullins said. “I guess everyone complaining made me this – Superman.”
He started the walk Jan. 10 in Knoxville, making his first capital stop in Nashville. Montgomery will be his second stop. Mullins chose the outfit because Superman is a model of America and is considered a superhero – just like veterans should be considered, he said.
His journey rarely includes a night in a hotel. Typically, he camps outside and relies on donations for food.
Mullins said that is fitting. “This way I’m putting myself in a homeless situation – something many veterans deal with.”
A year ago, he walked some 5,000 miles to raise awareness for his 10-year journey, which he considers a fight for veterans. “That was the warning shot,” he said. “Now this is the attack.”
He sometimes covers 25 to 30 miles a day. “Sometimes it’s 10 to 15 miles, depending how I feel,” Mullins said.
What kind of reaction do motorists give?
“Probably the same reaction I would give,” he said. “It looks like a scene from ‘The Exorcist’ when they see me: Their head turns all the way around.”
Mullins was interested in joining the Navy and getting involved in the SEAL program. His recruiters, however, advised him against it since he is the sole remaining member of his family who carries the Mullins name.
“So I’m fighting the fight here,” he said, while walking along the shoulder of U.S. 72.
He and four friends, including a veteran, started a similar venture several years ago in Atlanta. They dressed as Marines in gear they bought from a military-surplus store. They soon found out, however, that they can’t do so, because it gives the impression that they are portraying themselves as real Marines, so they stopped.
That’s when Mullins came up with the Superman idea and decided to go out on his own.
Generally, he is greeted warmly by those he comes across, especially when he explains his cause, he said.
There was one exception during his 5,000-mile walk when, in Kentucky, a police officer arrested him for loitering. He was released after his arraignment the next day.
“The judge was a veteran and had heard about me,” Mullins said. “He reached in the bench and pulled out a veteran’s cap and put it on. That’s when I knew I was going to be let go. That was the greatest feeling in the world.
“When I went back to the cell block to get my stuff, I had applause from the inmates. I was like a superstar in jail.”
The judge took Mullins out to dinner that evening and paid for him to stay at a hotel for a night.
Most law enforcement officers treat Mullins well. In fact, a local officer he met called ahead to let other departments know Mullins was on the way and explained his mission.
Mullins realizes he is dedicating a large chunk of his life to this mission, but is pleased to do so.
“I look at it this way: I’m 27, I have no family relying on me, I believe in God and I believe this is something God wants me to do,” he said.
If you guys happen to see this fella along the way, help him along if you can. I wish I had stopped to make the time but, too busy in my own crap to recognize someone making a difference.
Get off the highway…..