Man walks from Knoxville to D.C. for veterans

Melvin Mccoy

Sunday’s rain may have slowed many people down, but one determined Tennessee man didn’t lose his stride in his walk to raise awareness for veterans’ issues.

Melvin McCoy of Memphis, TN started his journey at the World War I Memorial in downtown Knoxville July 3 and said he will walk the near 500 miles to D.C. in an effort to raise both money and attention for veterans.

McCoy said this is not his first great trek and that he’s not alone.  He’s brought along his trusted canine friend Maxwell the adventure dog, as well as ‘the M.U.L.E’– a multi-purpose uniaxial litter enginery device McCoy invented to carry the weight of equipment that would normally require two soldiers.

To get the word of his long walk out, McCoy said he teamed up with Alpha Omega veterans’ services, inc. — a nonprofit, charitable agency that helps homeless and disabled military veterans.

“I’m having a lot of conversations with veterans as I make this crossing and I’m getting a lot of input and what their concerns are so we’ll certainly have some measure of statement. We’re not political. We just want people to be aware and be supportive,” McCoy said.

You can follow McCoy’s daily updates of The M.U.L.E. Veterans’ Awareness Tennessee to Washington D.C. Walk on Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to donate to McCoy’s cause, click here.

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