12,000 miles is a long way to travel.

To cover 12,000 miles, you'd have to go between Portland and Presque Isle 42 times.

At age 67, Michael Beattie set out on 12,000 mile bike ride. He circled the country on bike, raising awareness about the need to feed veterans. His work was formally recognized by Congress but little action has been taken.

He says one easy step Washington could take that would make a huge difference for hungry vets: funding our country's many food banks.