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‘Superman’ walking to support troops, vets

September 17, 2010
By COLIN KYLER ckyler@timesobserver.com
A traveling protester arrived in Warren on Thursday, hoping to raise awareness for U.S. military troops. Allen Mullins of Dalton, Ga., said he started visiting each of the 48 contiguous state capitals in January. For 90 percent of the time, he said he walks. Mullins said he takes issue with the treatment of veterans. His journey simulates the suffering those in the service experience, he said. “I’ve had troops say they don’t get it this bad,” Mullins said. “I tell them this will even us up.” Those in power need to grow hearts, Mullins said, as they lead decent lives while others struggle. Regardless of the amount of service given, he said all troops should receive free medical care. In one instance, Mullins said he visited a Veterans Affairs office where a worker drove a Rolls-Royce. However, he said he also knows of a woman with 20 years of service who needed a prosthetic leg but had to use an outdated one. As part of his effort, Mullins said he wears a Superman costume to get people’s attention. In addition, he pointed out the outfit uses the same colors as the United States flag and Superman stood for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” According to Mullins, he will next visit Michigan’s capital, Lansing, marking his 17th so far, including Nashville, Tenn.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Augusta, Maine. To survive, Mullins said he gets food from food banks or other missions. He said he does not like to accept donations but does take the occasional ride when offered. Last year, Mullins said he walked 5,000 miles. He said his capital visits mark the beginning of a series of challenges he plans to undertake over the next 10 years. Mullins said he eventually wants to spend three months in Death Valley, Calif. To prepare, he said he will learn survival skills. For those who want more information, Mullins said people should enter his name along with “Superman” into a search engine.

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Allen Mullins, a traveling protester, made his way through Warren on Thursday.

 
 

 

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