Updated: May 10, 2019
24, April 2019
William Shuttleworth is a retired educator, serving as a school superintendent for three decades in Maine. Now living in Newburyport, Mass, he is leaving on a tour he calls, “Vet to Vet, a Listening Cross-Country Conversation”.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, William feels that our veterans are the “unsung and too often unsupported heroes” in this country. “It is sad that 25% of all homeless men and women are veterans and so many suffer from unemployment, drug and sobriety issues,” he states. He adds that it can take a year for a veteran to see a doctor at a Veteran’s Hospital. So, he has decided to leave in May 2019 and hopes to meet, swap stories, visit homes, speak to veteran organizations and raise awareness and hope for all our veterans. He hopes to leave by May 15 and hiking an average of 25 miles a day and expects to be in Vandenburg AFB in Lompoc, California by mid-October 2019. Shuttleworth says, “I can’t wait to meet anyone and everyone and want to hear from veterans how the military changed their lives and what needs they have now that they are home.” On the way, he hopes to speak to veteran groups and dine with families in their homes. It is meant to be a minimalist journey, living out of a backpack and sleeping under the stars. “I won’t turn down an invitation for dinner and a bed for the night,” he says, but adds, “the real joy is to reach out and make new friends and hear the voices of many people who have no advocates in Washington.”
William is choosing to make this trek for our veterans, and he is also a talented speaker and presenter. A website site is available for people who want to keep track of his journey. One may “Opt-in” to follow his journey on his website and hit the “subscribe” button to follow his blogs; also, there is an opportunity to “give back” or “pay it forward” to our vets. For every mile he makes, there’s an option donate to the cause. 85% of all earnings will go to the Disabled Veterans of America at the end of his journey and 15% will go to overhead expenses. Good accounting and procedures will be maintained for his donations along with a blog of his meetings with Veterans and their families. Your donation receipt may be used as your year-end tax deduction, and you will receive a “Thank you” from us for your generosity.
To reach William:
Go Fund Me: Vets Don’t Forget Vets
Facebook: Vets Don’t Forget Vets via through William Shuttleworth/ find the button on right to go to his 2nd page
Phone: (207) 844-0666
For a journey of a lifetime devoted to all Veterans, Disabled or challenged Veterans and all their families.