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Man in Captain America Costume Walks Across USA for Homeless Veterans

Allen Mullens has got a long way to go. He’s already walked across most of the eastern seaboard, but he says he’s going to keep going until he’s crossed the entire country raising awareness about homeless veterans. And that could take him up to ten years.

Although he’s not a veteran himself, Mullens, age 28, says he is a patriot and wants to call attention to a crisis that many are unaware of. Fully a third of all homeless people in America are veterans and on any given night there are 200,000 vets without a bed of their own to sleep in. Over 1,500 War on Terror veterans are homeless.

Unemployment, high housing costs and post-traumatic stress disorder are to blame, and the number of homeless vets is expected to grow exponentially in coming years, as it did following the Vietnam War.

You’d think that we would have learned how to deal with the crisis of homeless vets after that long and painful war. Think again.

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