CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You might see him on the road: a veteran is marching right now from Chicopee to Boston.
For the second time, former US Army Staff Sergeant James Chartier is making a 90-mile march to raise awareness about PTSD and homelessness among veterans.
“As you’re walking, the road is so lonely and there’s all these twists and turns that it’s got to correlate with the troops suffering from PTSD,” Chartier said.
The team will walk 22.5 miles a day to represent the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day in the U.S. They’ll reach the statehouse by Monday.
It’s the second year in a row Chartier is making the march. Earlier this year, Chartier was recognized as an American Red Cross Hometown Hero for attracting statewide attention on behalf of homeless veterans severely in need of care during last year’s march.
This year, Chartier’s friends set up tables along the route to sell apparel and raise funds for the programs helping veterans with PTSD.