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Veteran walking across America to stop in Demopolis

Mac McQuown is walking across the United States to raise money and awareness for veterans.

Mac McQuown is walking across the United States to raise money and awareness for veterans.

Mac McQuown, a 52-year-old Army reservist and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will be at River of Life Church in Demopolis at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

McQuown is walking across America, visiting all 50 state capitals, in honor of those who have served and are serving in the military. The journey covers more than 15,000 miles. At the end of the day Wednesday, when he reaches Demopolis, he will have traveled 2,450 miles.

The goal of his journey, called Operation Walk America, is to raise money for homeless veterans and help spread awareness of all service members’ needs. He started Sept. 11, 2011, in Stafford, Va., and went to the World Trade Center site, then down the East Coast to Tallahassee, Fla., up to north Georgia, then to Alabama

“I served in the Marines in the 1980s, and after 9/11, I noticed when veterans were coming home, a lot of times they were forgotten,” McQuown said. “That didn’t sit well with me, so I decided to walk to each of the state capitals.”

McQuown said most of the difficulties he has faced are weather-related, with heat and humidity, thunderstorms and snow storms.

“I have dropped 50 pounds since I started, so that’s been a plus,” he added.