Man Runs 58,282 Miles for Veterans

    Image #: 24185928    Mike Bowen, of Flushing, laughs while holding a MIA/POW flag on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5 2013 at Flushing County Park. Bowen has been running for the past 31 years and pledges to run one mile in honor of each of the 58,292 Americans killed in Vietnam. Bowen plans to complete his goal on Sept. 20 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Zack Wittman | MLive.com     MLIVE.COM /Landov

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    Well, that's one way to honor veterans. Mike Bowen will finally complete his 58,282nd mile this Friday. Just in time for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the 65-year-old veteran will accomplish his goal of running one mile for every American soldier who did not return from Vietnam. “It’s gonna feel good to finish. It's been a life-long mission,” said Bowen, who has run over 50 marathons and 26 road races in addition to regular laps around his neighborhood park since he was first inspired by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1982. “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another. That’s what we do—we make sure that the guys coming home—whether they're alive or dead or wounded—will be treated with dignity and respect.”

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