Is it just this writer or have there been a lot of cross-country walking/jogging military veterans in the news lately? It all seems a bit reminiscent of a scene from “Forrest Gump” if you ask me, but each vet – Ernie Andrus and Elizabeth Poles – I feature below has their own reason to walk or run across the States. “If slow and steady really does win the race, count Ernie Andrus as the world champion. The 90-year-old World War II veteran started running/jogging/ambling across the country last October from San Diego. In June, when CBS News profiled him, he was in Payson, Ariz. And now, more than 10 months after he started, he has crossed into New Mexico, according to his Facebook page, which keeps his fans updated on his whereabouts.