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William Shuttleworth concludes his 3,300-mile walk across America in support of veterans

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William Shuttleworth escorted by Combat Vets Association Motorcyclists © MSN Causes William Shuttleworth escorted by Combat Vets Association Motorcyclists

On August 31, amid the rumble of a 'Combat Vets Association' motorcycle escort and cheers of onlookers, William Shuttleworth walked his final mile of a 3,300 journey across America along Harbor Blvd in San Diego, California.

His mission was simple: Shuttleworth walked to raise awareness around issues like veteran homelessness and veterans who take their own lives.

The 71-year old Air Force veteran began his walk on May 15 in his hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts, averaged 30 miles per day, and on this last day, he greeted individuals from all over the nation as they stepped off the sidewalks and walked with him for the last mile. 

An Illinois boy who had raised money for veterans selling snowcones jumped into the street to surprise Shuttlesworth.

William Shuttleworth Greets Supporters © MSN Causes William Shuttleworth Greets Supporters

San Diego-based marines and ROTC cadets greeted Shuttleworth and thanked him for his passion and his walk for awareness.

  William Shuttleworth walks to raise awareness for Vets © MSN Causes William Shuttleworth walks to raise awareness for Vets

In his fifth pair of shoes since his departure from Massachusetts, his walk ended at the Kissing Statue at the San Diego waterfront alongside the USS Midway and Shuttleworth spoke to the crowd. “I came here today to talk about the number of veterans that take their lives. The number of veterans that are homeless every night in America. I want the same health care plan for veterans that Congress has. I want more vets elected to Congress to that we have a stronger and perpetual voice.”

William Shuttleworth finishes 3,200 mile walk © MSN Causes William Shuttleworth finishes 3,200 mile walk  

He went on to honor the diversity of the military population and urged Americans to support the needs of all.

He thanked the supporters who walked the last mile with him, “You represent the thousands of people that actually walked with me, fed me, gave me money, gave me a place to stay, gave me hope, laughed with me, cried with me, walked with me.”

His final message emphasized the good in America, “America the beautiful starts with its people, and I’ve met the greatest people in America.”

Shuttleworth was honored as MSN Causes Local Hero of the Month in June, creating awareness for his walk. Supporters donated over $61,000 benefitting his GoFundMe campaign, as well as a Wounded Warriors campaign. 

Shuttleworth’s walk may have concluded, his work will continue. He plans to create a non-profit that will focus on solving homelessness for vets in America.

You can still support William's work and help improve the lives of veterans across America. 

Read more at Vets Don't Forget Vets, or contribute to the Wounded Warrior campaign.  

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