Allen Mullins of Dalton Georgia, has walked 48 of 50 state capitals. He made the entire journey dressed as Captain America and it's all for a good cause. Channel 3 News news caught up with him Wednesday as he made his way back through Marion County.
Allen Mullins was a local frame builder for many years. He made a big change in January of 2009, wanting to something bigger than himself. 7-years-later, this journey has become a way of life. He's been on the road a long time helping other heroes and this week he is getting a heroes welcome.
"Captain America" and his little "Underdog" companion are walking through Jasper. No your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the two are on their way back home to Dalton after a long journey.
"You know I just try to entertain the people out there and do weird poses and pop-out behind the trees," said Allen Mullins. "You know anything to mess with them to make them laugh."
He gets honks, waves and a few fans stealing pictures. He poses with an American flag in hopes you will stop and listen to his story.
"Why do I do what I do? I like to love people, I like to put smiles on people's faces in a time when we have a lot of hate in the world and a lot of vengeance," said Mullins. "There needs to be some love."
Allen Mullins has been a super hero for 7-years-on the road. He's walked thousands of miles since 2009. He stops in at every state's capital along the way, where he visits local veterans in need.
"When they get back home.... there is a lot of them that's homeless," said Mullins. " A lot of them that's kicked to the curb and to me when I was growing up, I was told that they are heroes and if you see them you shake their hand. They're not forgotten and they are loved."
He says our veterans are the true heroes and that is why he walks. His journey also raises money through a Go-fund Me for the American Legion and various VFW projects. He says sometimes, it's a simple thank you or random act of kindness, that makes a difference.
"You can look at someone and see if they have any shoes and there's a Walmart, you know just an act of kindness is all it takes sometimes," said Mullins.
He hopes his journey will empower others to be a superhero in life. As Captain America would say, "You cant fly, there's a lot of things you can't do but there is a lot of things you can do and don't let people tell you that you can't do nothing. As long as you've got the right motivation and the right heart for it, you can do it."
Captain America says he should be in Chattanooga within the next few days. He plans to take a few months of rest with his family before returning back to his mission. His next journey will be a walk across the state of Tennessee for our local veterans. If you see him out, he'd love to talk to with you.
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