In the pouring rain on Friday, Former Staff Sergeant James Chartier began making his way from Chicopee to Boston on the third “90 Mile March” to raise awareness, and funds for veteran homelessness and PTSD.
“The support is phenomenal,” said Chartier. “It’s just a great experience.”
This year, Jeffrey Blews from Agawam is joining Chartier on the 4 day walk. He said it’s important to help those who fought for the United States.
“I never walked 90 miles,” said Blews. “It’s inspiring and it’s a great opportunity to get out for a good cause.”
Chartier and Blews will walk 22.5 miles each day until they reach Boston. It represents the 22 veterans who commit suicide across the country every day.
“To find the homeless, it’s not an easy task, because they go deep into the woods,” explained Chartier. “It’s a group effort trying to help them, they are obviously at the extreme end of the PTSD.”
Chartier said the funds raised will go to two organizations that specialize in supporting veterans. The men are expected to arrive in Boston at the State House at 2:00 Monday afternoon.