FORT STOCKTON - A Virginia man is walking the perimeter of the U.S. It's all to bring awareness about homelessness in America. A cause close to Leroy Bailey's heart because he experienced homelessness when he was younger.
"Texas is one of the friendliest places I've been. You know for walk wise and the fact that I have room to walk on the side of the road, people have been very pleasant. The down side of Texas is that there are a lot of areas where there is no one. Ya know it's a lot of desolate areas," said Bailey.
In June of 2014, he began this journey, departing from Virginia. Bailey's walk reached the Texas border near the end of December. So far, he has walked just over 3,300 miles.
"I want everybody to know this isn't about me walking the country, it's about raising awareness and raising money to build shelters for the homeless," said Bailey.
His main focus for the walk are homeless American Veterans.
"One of the things people need to realize are that 35% of the homeless population are veterans and another 30% of the homeless population are handicap people," said Bailey.
He says a lot of strangers have been generous to him on this walk, providing food, hotel rooms and shoes. But he wants to see more funds raised for the cause that sparked his whole journey.
"You know not everybody who is homeless is a drunk and a drug addict, contrary to popular opinion. I've noticed in Texas a lot of the homeless population have mental illness," said Bailey.
He originally expected the journey to take about a year and a half. Due to rainy weather along the way, he's been set back some. Now, he has his eye on getting out of the largest state on his journey, the Lone Star State.
"I'm only about 200 miles away so I should be able to make it in two weeks. That's only 125 miles a week. I'm sure I can make that," said Bailey.