Veteran U.S. Marine Mac McQuown approaches Dougherty County under escort of the Worth County Sheriff's Department Wednesday. He is walking 15,000 miles to the capital steps of the 50 states in a quest to raise awareness and money for wounded veterans.
ALBANY, Ga. -- A Marine Corps veteran is on a mission to walk to every state capital while raising awareness and money for wounded veterans.
Carrying an American flag, Mac McQuown briskly walked east from Sylvester on Sylvester Road to the Dougherty County line Wednesday on his way to Atlanta.
"I'm walking 15,000 miles to raise awareness for wounded veterans and money to help them," McQuown said. "It is for veterans of all wars. I'm also partnered with Silver Star Families of America."
Racking up more than 1,580 walking miles so far, McQuown has visited six capitols, Annapolis, Trenton, Richmond, Raleigh, Columbus and Tallahassee.
McQuown said he averages about 15 miles a day, rain or shine. He takes Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas to rest and honor the Sabbath. He expects it will take him years to accomplish the mission.
A Worth County Sheriff's Office patrol car kept its blue lights on and drove behind McQuown while he walked in Worth County on Wednesday.. Once McQuown made his daily mileage goal, the patrol car takes him back to a fire station.
Firefighters, church leaders and others have been finding room for McQuown to stay over on his trek. Sometimes people volunteer and rent him a motel room.
As a partner with Silver Star Families of America McQuown's website operationwalkamerica.webs.com explains some goals:
"The Silver Star Families of America is a non-profit public charity committed to supporting the United States combat wounded, ill, injured and dying military members and veterans from all wars, past and present, and honoring their sacrifice with Silver Star Service Banners."