On May 15th, Newburyport resident William Shuttleworth embarked on a journey to walk across America to heighten attention to the needs of veterans. His focus was on veteran suicide, veteran homelessness, veteran health care and urging more veterans to run for office at all levels. He also worked to raise $100,000 for Disabled American Veterans. William arrived in San Diego on Sept 1, completing a 3,300 mile trek in 115 days.
This presentation will focus on this incredible walk, addressing the people William met, the concerns expressed across 14 states, and the challenges of walking an average of over 30 miles a day in every weather condition one can imagine. "I have learned a lot about America in the three and a half months I walked the length of this country and listening to the voice of average Americans reveals real needs and concerns not addressed by our leaders."
William is a retired special education administrator and school superintendent who moved to Newburyport from Maine a little over three years ago. He has traveled extensively since his arrival. He and his wife, Patty, served as volunteer park hosts at a state park in California for 7 months last year, and it was this stint that pushed him to walk for our veterans. He hopes for a vibrant give and take discussion and will show a brief power point presentation to "walk" attendees from Newburyport to San Diego.