71-year-old man undertakes cross-country walk for veterans

  • In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 photo, U.S. Air Force veteran William Shuttlesworth walks up Market Street, in Newburyport, Mass., at the start of his planned cross-country hike to raise awareness for veterans’ issues. Shuttleworth, 71, trained for several months carrying his full backpack while walking several miles each day. (Richard K. Lodge/The Daily News of Newburyport via AP)

  • In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 photo, U.S. Air Force veteran William Shuttlesworth, left, poses with his wife Patty on Market Street, in Newburyport, Mass., at the start of his planned cross-country hike to raise awareness for veterans’ issues. Shuttleworth, 71, trained for several months carrying his full backpack while walking several miles each day. (Richard K. Lodge/The Daily News of Newburyport via AP)

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — A 71-year-old man, inspired by his work last year at a park where veterans were camping because they were homeless and struggling with addiction, embarked on a 3,600-mile (5,793-kilometer), coast-to-coast walk this week to draw attention to their plight.

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