A veteran on a 600-mile trek by foot from St. Augustine, Fla., to Nashville, Tenn., will pass through Dalton on Monday.

Air Force veteran Paul Davis is taking a month to complete his “Quest for Vets,” which he hopes will raise money for the families of Florida National Guard members who are overseas, said Michael Shieck, a trustee for VFW Post 2391 in St. Augustine.

“The major cultural thing is to raise awareness for our veterans,” Shieck said.

Davis, who began the trip on April 29, is scheduled to arrive in Nashville on May 29. He plans to stop at several VFW posts on the route.

Davis is on schedule to be in Dalton at VFW Post 4985 on Monday for food and shelter. Larry Stewart, a member of the Dalton post, said he does not know what time Davis will arrive.

“We, as VFW members, aid veterans” and active deployed soldiers and their families, Stewart said. The Dalton post sent care packages and helped families of the Charlie Company, the Dalton-based Army National Guard unit that returned Monday from a year in Iraq.

Stewart said it is important to support other posts and their efforts to help families.

Davis targeted Nashville in part because he plans to perform a song he wrote called “Band of Brothers,” Shieck said.

Davis isn’t alone on the trip. He is being accompanied by Danny Clark, who is driving a “gussied up” Chevelle, decorated with flags and other patriotic markings, Shieck said.

“One is driving the car for the most part and the other is walking,” he said. “They are trying to average 25 miles a day. They have been staying with their schedule.”

For more information contact the St. Augustine post at 904-797-5267 or visit the Web site www.vfw2391.com/quest.

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