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1.29.2011

Captain America



I've met a lot of interesting people on the road. Allen Mullins is one of them. As I was going into a coffee shop in Austin, I noticed him at a table outside. He's hard to miss. Allen was wearing a Captain America costume and had his head down on the table. Next to him was a backpack with sleeping bag, a large American... flag and a small, black puppy. I had to talk to him.


I walked up and asked if he was on the road. He gave me a piece of paper which detailed his mission. I didn't read it and just told him I was on the road, too. He perked up. We started talking. For the last 2 years, he's been walking around America dressed like this to honor American Troops and to raise awareness for injured veterans. He doesn't have a website or anything, just a big cardboard sign he straps to his backpack as he walks. He hopes to start a foundation one day to help veterans.



Allen said he has already walked 5000 miles and has made a commitment to walk around the country in his costume for the next 10 years. He said he gets some strange looks, but finds larger cities and VFW's welcoming and friendly, as he is sustaining himself on the kindness of strangers. His puppy, named "Justice," was given to him by a veteran who is a breeds dogs (specifically mutts).

Allen also has a Superman costume he wears as well. You can find a lot of video/press about him, just google "Allen Mullins Captain America" or "Allen Mullins Superman." He can also be contacted at supermanwalking@gmail.com

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