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Veteran walks to raise awareness

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

ELTON, LA (KPLC) – Every step Richard Hunsucker takes, spreads more awareness.

"Sometimes we forget who gives us our freedom," Hunsucker said.

Hunsucker began his journey to raise awareness for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Jacksonville, Florida on Veterans Day, and will complete the journey in San Diego, California on Memorial Day…no cars, no trains, or planes, he's going the distance by foot.

Hunsucker said, "By walking the flag is visible every step across America."

Hunsucker, a New Orleans native served in the Marine Corp from 1974-1976, and though he saw no action, a lot of friends did. By carrying a DAV flag, he's making sure those friends and other veterans are not forgotten.

"A lot of people don't see the battle scars because it ain't physical, it's mental. They turn to the bottle, they turn to drugs. They've lost their battle with life over bad memories."

Some are even living on the streets. Currently, there are 150,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

How does one man travel 2,6050 miles across the nation? Hunsucker is able to do it with the support of his country.

He stated, "I don't look at it as my walk across America, or I'm walking across America. America is walking across America with me."

Like Cinco Chevallier, who showed her support by bringing Hunsucker homemade chili.

Chevallier stated, "Very proud of him. I've got my father that's a veteran, brother, uncle, several of them in the family. I think he's doing a great job."

Even if it takes literally one step at a time, Richard Hunsucker won't stop until he's made the public aware.

"They may not know what it is right now, but by the time I get to San Diego, they'll know what this flag is and what it represents."

To follow Richard Hunsucker or to make a donation, visit www.vetwalking.org.

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