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Cross Country Barefoot Encounter

Posted Aug 20 2010 3:42pm

Did you hear about the guy walking across the country barefoot? Yes, you heard me correctly. Ron Zaleski is trudging across the US - BAREFOOT - to raise awareness about the need for mental counseling for all military personnel.

As a former military man himself, he is attempting to collect 1 million signatures for his petition along his back roads route to the west coast. The petition calls on Congress to mandate mental counseling for all military personnel.

Tuesday August 10 (just last week!) he passed through good ole' Buchanan, VA. Such a huge cause trampling right through our back yards. Our very own Roanoke Times had a chance to catch up with Mr. Zaleski and get an update on his journey.

Ron is giving everything he has to this cause including the health of his poor tootsies! Rex Bowman from the Roanoke Times reported that his feet were a "mess of broken skin and calluses." Not exactly the prettiest of mental pictures. He should definitely have stopped by to see us while he was in town. ;-)

Well, I just wanted to share with you a little about the barefoot walker's journey. If you'd like to follow him on his cross country trek, check out his website

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