WELCOME TO OPERATION WALK AMERCIA

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WELCOME TO OPERATION WALK AMERICA

OPERATION WALK AMERICA

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( NEVER SURRENDER )

"FOR IT IS ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE THIS EPIC JOURNEY THE SUCCESS IT HAS BEEN BECOME...I AM MERELY A MAN ON A MISSION



I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO READ MY BIO PAGE...IT IS VITAL THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF WHO I AM AND WHAT I STAND FOR

         FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR YOU TUBE BY SIMPLY CLICKING THE CORRESPONDING ICON BELOW
PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF
MY NAME IS
LEONARD DALE "MAC"  MCQUOWN
                                                                   ( PICTURED HERE WITH MY WONDERFUL DAUGHTER KATIE )
I AM A 52 YR OLD PROUD U.S. PATRIOT  PLUS A U.S. ARMY RESERVIST & U.S. MARINE CORPS. VETERAN
UNFORTUNATELY I WAS RELEASED FROM THE U.S. MARINES ( During My Second Term ) IN 1988 WITH
" UNDER OTHER THEN HONORABLE CONDITIONS " . OTHER WISE KNOWN AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE DISCHARGE 
COMPLETE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BIO PAGE.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

GOD'S DEPLOYMENT

THE SOLE MISSION OF "OPERATION WALK AMERICA"  IS TO WALK TO THE CAPITAL STEPS OF ALL 50 STATES,  A DISTANCE OF WELL OVER 15,000 MILES. SO AS TO RAISE AN AWARENESS OF  THE ISSUES SURROUNDING THE  HOMELESS VETERANS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN ANY GIVEN YEAR THAT IS OVER 100,000 VETERANS MEN, WOMEN AND YES EVEN THEIR CHILDREN. TO SHOW MY DEDICATION TO THE HOMELESS VETERAN POPULATION  I WILL SLEEP OUTDOORS FOR THE REST OF MY EPIC JOURNEY. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS PROMISE IS IF I AM IN AN AREA I.E. CITY, TOWN OR CAPITAL CITY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW CAMPING OR IF THE WEATHER IS SO SEVER SUCH AS A TORNADO , HURRICANE ETC THAT WOULD ENDANGER MY OVER ALL SAFETY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THOUGH THE MAIN SCOPE OF " OPERATION WALK AMERICA "   IS TO RAISE AWARENESS TO THE HOMELESS VETERAN POPULATION WE WILL ALSO CONDUCT MISSIONS TO REMEMBER AND/OR COMMEMORATE THOSE THAT HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE AND WERE DEPLOYED TO HEAVEN. SUCH AS " OPERATION T.R.O.O.P.S. " ( TOGETHER REMEMBERING OUR OUTSTANDING PATRIOTIC SERVICE MEMBERS )  AND  IN ADDITION  I WILL DO MY VERY BEST  TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. SUCH AS PROVIDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FOOD, WATER, SHELTER , MEDICAL , EDUCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE.

I USE THE TERM " US , WE AND/OR OUR  BECAUSE I DO NOT WALK ALONE.  I MAY BE THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND DOING THE WALKING BUT NOT ONE SINGLE STEP I HAVE TAKEN OR WILL TAKE , NOT ONE HILL I HAVE CLIMBED OR MOUNTAIN I HAVE OR WILL CONQUER , WOULD MEAN ANYTHING IF NOT FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT.   " EVERYONE " IS DEFINED FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT MY GOD. MY LORD ABOVE , THIS IS " GODS DEPLOYMENT " SECOND BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT TO ME  MY VERY REMARKABLE DAUGHTER " KATIE PIETRUSZA " NEXT MY WONDERFUL FAMILY , MY FATHER & MOTHER WHO WATCH ME AND GUIDE ME FORM HEAVEN ABOVE. MY SISTER SUNSHINE & BROTHER J.J.   MY WONDERFUL ADOPTED DAUGHTER " MISSY " MY BEST FRIEND CHRISSIE AND LAST BUT NEVER LEAST ALL OUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS , SUPPORTERS  , CURRENT AND FUTURE  SPONSORS. PLUS THOSE WHO I HAVE HAD THE INCREDIBLE HONOR AND SUPREME PRIVILEGE OF  MEETING THUS FAR ON THIS WALK. TO INCLUDE ALSO  THOSE I HAVE YET TO MEET BUT THEY SHARE WITH ME ON A DAILY BASES WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND INSPIRATION. PLUS THOSE WHO KEEP US IN THEIR PRAYERS.
EVERYONE MAY NOT BE WALKING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH US BUT THEY ARE
 " ALL " OUR  HEARTS.

Romans 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
                                                                                CAPITALS REACHED TO DATE
 OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WASHINGTON D.C , ANNAPOLIS MD, TRENTON NJ, RICHMOND VA , RALEIGH NC, COLUMBIA SC, TALLAHASSEE FL,  ATLANTA GA , MONTGOMERY AL, JACKSON MS , BATON ROUGE LA.
                                                                  
                                                                       STATES WHICH I HAVE WALKED THROUGH
                                                                 VA, MD, NJ, PA, NY, NC, SC, GA, FLA , AL , MS , LA
  • ATLANTA GA.
    ATLANTA GA.
  • ENTERING ALABAMA
    ENTERING ALABAMA
  • ENTERING FLORIDA
    ENTERING FLORIDA
  • ENTERING GA.
    ENTERING GA.
  • ENTERING MARYLAND
    ENTERING MARYLAND
  • ENTERING NORTH CAROLINA
    ENTERING NORTH CAROLINA
  • ENTERING NEW JERSEY
    ENTERING NEW JERSEY
  • ENTERING NEW YORK
    ENTERING NEW YORK
  • ENTERING PENN.
    ENTERING PENN.
  • ENTERING SOUTH CAROLINA
    ENTERING SOUTH CAROLINA
  • MONTGOMERY ALABAMA
    MONTGOMERY ALABAMA
  • RICHMOND VA.
    RICHMOND VA.
  • ENTERING LOUISIANA OVER THE MISSISSIPPI
    ENTERING LOUISIANA OVER THE MISSISSIPPI
                                                                                        HIGHEST POINT REACHED TO DATE
                                                                                       FORT MOUNTAIN GEORGIA SUMMIT
                                                                                                                3000 FEET
LOOKING FORWARD TO CONQUERING THE HIGHER  MOUNTAINS AWAITING ME ON THIS WALK ....SEMPER FI
 MILES TO DATE

 
2927
  
STEPS TAKEN TO DATE

( THIS NUMBER IS MERELY APPROXIMATE , THE AVERAGE PERSON TAKES 2,000 STEPS PER MILE )

5854000

THE BRAVEST MAN I NEVER KNEW

I NEVER HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING HIM BUT HE IS WITH ME WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE ON MY EPIC 15,000 MILE WALK

PV2 Isaac T. Cortes
DEPLOYED TO HEAVEN ON 11/27/2007
I INVITE YOU TO PLEASE VIEW THIS VIDEO DEDICATED TO ISAAC ....SIMPLY PRESS PLAY THANK YOU
A MOMENT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER
Months before my walk started  I decided that I wanted to carry something with me that would symbolize the Passing of ALL Veterans.
 ALL Veterans, Men & Women , Young & Old from both Past & Current Conflicts. Something that I could have with me 24 / 7 .
That was when The Good Lord Put

Emily Toro
In My Life
The Very Proud Mother of Isaac Cortes

Emily and I  were introduced by a mutual friend who recognized our shared passion for the military. Little did we know they were already “FACEBOOK Friends.” She knew me only as someone on  [Facebook] because I was a Marine, and that’s about it. We connected after I called her and that’s when we realized we were on each others page, It was then that we both decided that I would carry ( wear ) Isaac's Dog Tags on my epic walk. I was also Honored to have Emily join me as I walked to Ground Zero in New York. So when I left Fort Lee NJ and crossed over the George Washington Bridge into New York and walked down to Ground Zero , Emily was with me every step of the way. It was then there on that sacred Ground that she placed his Dog Tags around my neck. Since that day Isaac has been with me step after step , mile after challenging mile. A day doesn't go by that I don't feel his strength, his loyalty to this Great Nation and His Love for his fellow Man. When My walk ends in Arlington Va. I will return his Dog Tags to Emily.
I have known no greater Honor then to have Isaac with me in this way.
AN EARLY ARTICLE WRITTEN REGARDING MAC AND HIS  MISSION
Mac McQuown is a 51 year old Proud U.S. Patriot plus US Army Reservist & U S Marine Veteran . Serving from 1980-1988. Unfortunately released from the U . S. Marine Corps during my second term with an Other Then Honorable Discharge.  ( Details can be found on My Bio Page )  Mac is on a mission to walk to all 50 State Capitals. Mac started his journey on September 11, 2011 from Stafford, Virginia where he calls home. On his journey he has walked on average 10 - 15 miles per day while at the same time pulling behind him a 60 lb cart. This cart containing his supplies & gear , i.e.  Food, Water, Clothing, Tools, Sleeping Bag, 2 Man tent and first aide supplies. Usually  resting on Sundays and at times the entire weekend so his body has a chance to re-coup. He usually sleeps at Fire Stations but at times also in Motels that are sponsored by Friends and at times paid for by perfect strangers once they hear of what he is doing. There have been families that have also opened their home to him.  Bronx native, Emily Toro, who currently resides in Richmond Hill, Queens, joined McQuown on his walk from Fort Lee, New Jersey down to Ground Zero, where she presented him with the dog-tags of her son Isaac T. Cortes, an Army soldier who was killed in 2007 at age 26, eight weeks after being deployed to Iraq. Toro and McQuown were introduced by a mutual friend who recognized their shared passion for the military. Little did they know they were already “friends.” I knew a Mac McQuown on my [Facebook] page because he was a Marine, and that’s about it. We connected after he called me and that’s when we realized we were on each other’s page,” she explains as an active supporter of veteran rights, Toro sees a big problem in the poverty faced by many of the men and women who have served in the military. “We have a lot of homeless veterans in the street. It’s a shame they’re out there begging for a place to sleep, for something to eat,” Toro said. Toro spends much of her time volunteering at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and is a board member of From the Warfront to the Home front Foundation Inc, a non-profit that provides support and resources to veterans. They are currently planning a coat drive for homeless veterans in the Bronx. McQuown said he has found support and hospitality in local fire departments. While in New York, he stayed at the firehouse of Engine 69 -Ladder 28 at 248 West 143rd Street. Overall, New Yorkers have left a positive impression on the Marine. “Everywhere I’ve been in New York, people have been incredibly kind,” he said. “The hospitality of the people that I’ve bumped into so far has been remarkable.”As Mac begins his journey south heading to  Florida, he looks forward to his final stop at Arlington Cemetery, where he will return Cortes’ dog-tags to his mother Emily Toro. Mac McQuown, who served as an Armor tank Crewman in the U. S. Army Reserve then in the U.S. Marines as a  Sergeant field radio operator in the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines and as an Embassy Guard in the 2nd Bn. 1st Marines, is motivated by all the veterans who he feels don't receive the attention they deserve. "They seem to fall through the cracks of our society and that's a shame," McQuown said. "This is my way of kind of getting in people's faces to help them remember." When the traveling becomes especially difficult, he'll think of one veteran Soldier Travis Mills in particular who lost all 4 limbs in an IED explosion  “What do you or I have to complain about?” ,asked McQuown, who sees himself as fortunate compared to many wounded & homeless Veterans.

PLEASE ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW

 

PROFESSIONAL HIP HOP ARTIST AND U.S. ARMY VETERAN " SABO " ( PICTURED BELOW )
AND HIS INCREDIBLE TEAM CREATED THIS AMAZING SONG / VIDEO 


" THE WALK "

   DEDICATED TO THE EPIC MISSION THAT I HAVE TAKEN ON. FROM MY HEART I THANK YOU ALL FOR A JOB WELL DONE. LOVE YOU ALL
                                           TO LISTEN TO THIS AMAZING SOUND AND WATCH THE VIDEO SIMPLY PUSH PLAY
                                                " THE WALK " CAN BE PURCHASED OFF I-TUNES UNDER THE SAME NAME
INTRODUCING THE PHENOMENAL GROUP " 8 POUND AXE " A COUPLE OF " GOOD OLE BOYS " JOHN, JOEY, ERIC , RUTLEDGE & " HAYDEN THE LOVEABLE HOUND" FROM THE GAINESVILLE FIRE DEPT.
PUTTING THEIR TALENTS TOGETHER AND PERFORMING
" GROUND POUNDING "
THANK YOU ALL ,

MARCHING ON AND SEMPER FI