Local veteran completes 90-mile march from Chicopee to Boston

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A western Massachusetts veteran completed a 90-mile march across the state on Monday.

Western Massachusetts native and retired Army Staff Sergeant James Chartier walked from Chicopee to Boston this weekend to raise awareness for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Chartier began his four-day walk Friday at the AmVets post in Chicopee Friday. He arrived at the State House steps Monday.

Sgt. Chartier invited people to join in or just show their support along the way.

“This is also an awareness campaign, for the public, the government, and the soldiers themselves,” Chartier told 22News. “Let the soldiers know that there is somebody out there advocating for their well being.”

Chartier said he hopes this walk will raise awareness and money to help homeless veterans who suffer from some of the more extreme forms of PTSD.

This is the third time the retired Army staff sergeant walked across the state in support of veterans. Chartier said this time was different because of all the support he received from the public.

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