That’s bringing attention to the plight of homeless and disabled veterans.
Captain America is really 28-year-old Allen Mullins.
He has been written up in newspapers across the county, and had 337 television interviews.
Dressed as the super hero, Mullins attracts a lot of attention.
He gives out copies of a one-sheet handout describing his mission.
He was born in Dalton, Ga., and grew up in a Georgia orphanage.
Mullins’ handout says that “We as people of this great nation had a responsibilityto aid and support our brave volunteer soldiers that have been sent into harm’s way.
“Like myself, you may not agree with the wars we have waged overseas, but I ask you as humans and fellow Americans to look in your heart and have compassion for those that have bravely served their country now and in the past.”
He goes on to ask Americans to express gratitude to veterans they might meet, “and express gratitude to them for VOLUNTEERING to enter harm’s way.”
He said that last year, he completed a 5,000-mile walk to prepare for his mission over the next 10 years.
“My personal goal is to get a foundation to help the troops in any way that I can when they come back home,” he said.
On Jan. 15, 2010, he began his current quest to visit all of the state capitols. So far, he has visited 25 state capitols.
From Gilmer, he is headed to Austin.
“United we stand. Where to do you stand?” he asked in his flyer.
He also urges people to “love one another, because life is too short to hate.”
During his walk last year dressed as Superman, he visited Alexandria, La.; Atlanta, Ga.; Lexington and Louisville, Ky.; Metropolis, Ill. (In the Superman comics, TV show and movies, a different Metropolis is his home town. They never specify what state they’re in.); New Orleans, La.; Sikeston, Springfield and St. Louis in Missouri; Pittsburg, Pa.; and Manhattan, N.Y.
He’s also been in dozens of small towns like Gilmer.
Now he’s Captain America (because “nothing is more patriotic than Captain America.”).
On his lonely mission, he is sometimes given rides for a distance.
In Cass County, a justice of the peace gave him a ride.
He said that he is generally well received, and “four or five days in a row, I might be in towns with a loving Christian spirit.”
But some town leaders didn’t want him there.
In Lansing, Mich., the mayor told him he was not welcome there, and had five state troopers escort him to the city limits. They gave him $30 and a free motel room for the night and apologized.
“They said they were only doing their job,” he said. “I asked them is it better to do right or wrong?”
He said that once he gave an interview to a reporter for Fox News.
“Word came down from higher ups not to use the interview because ‘it made the government look bad.’” Mullins said.
He hopes to be able to hook up with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and other veterans’ organization and let them use him in fund-raising activities.
He said there are veterans who are homeless, crippled, with some using drugs. He estimated that he’s met 10,000 to 15,000 homeless veterans on his walks.
“I’m trying to do something with my life,” Mullins said. He seems very intense and dedicated to his mission.
He said that, as far government treatment of veterans, “everything they say they do, they don’t do,” Mullins said.
He also said that “a lot of medical treatment is free,” if you just know where to look.
Mullins said he refuses to stay in homeless missions along the way, because “they treat people like crap,” giving them “crappy food” and maybe a one- or two-inch foam mattress to sleep on.
“It’s sick the way they treat them. They may get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and black beans and rice for dinner,” he said.
He stayed in a few and decided not to stay in that kind of establishment any more, because “I looked at the parking lot out back (where owners and/or administrators parked), and I saw Mercedes, Cadillacs, Lincolns. . . .”
He deduced that those in charge were getting an inordinate share of what people donated to the organization.
He also said that if he stayed in a mission, they would put his name on a list with his Social Security number, and get federal dollars for him.
“And it’s a tax write-off for them,” he said. (And) they like veterans so much worse than in prison,” Captain America said.
He said a lot of foundations are political. If his ever comes about, “It will have no connection with any kind of politics.”
He expects his current mission to end in January, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga.
He is excited that a Captain America movie is coming out this summer, as well as Thor. And The Avengers is also coming out, and both Captain America and Thor are part of The Avengers.
In the comic book world, “Captain America is the result of a government experiment gone wrong, trying to create a super soldier, Mullin said. When the experiment failed, they tried to kill their subject, but failed.
Mullins’ next mission?
“I plan to walk the outline of every state in the United States.”
He estimates that will take five to six years to complete, but “ I want to do something original.”
For more information, you can Google Allen Mullins Superman, or Allen Mullins Capt. America.