Woman walking across USA for homeless vets makes stop in Central Florida

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A woman walking across the country helping homeless veterans made a stop in Daytona and Flagler Beaches over the weekend.

Kim Denmark walked across 16 states before getting to Florida. She walks with an American flag over her shoulder and carries signs about her mission. 

As she walks, she talks to veterans, and in some cases, helps those who are homeless. 

“I’m going city-to-city, state-to-state, finding homeless [people] who want to get off the street, get a job, want to be self-sufficient and be independent. And as it relates to veterans, I take them for medical attention, try to find housing for them and a job,” she said. “There’s a lot of homeless veterans out there and I’m reaching out.”

Denmark started in her journey in Ohio. Recently, during a stop in Daytona Beach, she received her 31st pair of shoes. Her shoes get worn out as she walks. 

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri bought them for her. 

“He took me to Dicks and we got my 31st pair of shoes. So, I put a 31 to say, 'OK, this is pair 31 now.' I’ll probably get to 70 by the time I get to California.”

Denmark’s goal is to reach Burbank, California to meet Ellen Degeneres. 

She hopes Ellen can help her open up a self-sufficiency camp for veterans.