SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A man from Virginia is walking around the entire United States to be a voice for a population of people often overlooked: the homeless, especially homeless veterans.
Over the past two years, Leroy Bailey has walked the perimeter of the lower 48 to raise awareness of America's homeless veterans and raise money to build safe havens all over the country where they can live and learn the skills they need to find work and lead healthy lives- starting in his hometown of Virginia Beach.
"I care about all homeless, but I feel this, you have to take care of our vets first," Bailey said. "Nobody who's served this country should ever be homeless."
As a young man, Leroy experienced homelessness when he fell into alcoholism following the untimely death of his brother. He says it was the treatment and programs he was put into that helped him put his life back together. Now, he says help like that doesn't exist anymore.
"Most of your older homeless people don't have the job skills to fill out a resume online," he said. "I want to offer people hope, I want to give them a place where they can actually stay, get cleaned up, and give them at least an opportunity to put their lives back together."
Now headed south, Bailey is on the last leg of his journey, and so far he's only raised about $8,000. But, he says what he's doing isn't all about money, but more about having an impact.
"How it's affected other people's lives, how it's inspired them, how it's done things to help them."
Bailey said he'll continue to towards a better future for America's homeless, one step at a time.
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