CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – An army veteran has started a special march to Boston to raise awareness for veterans with PTSD.
Former Staff Sergeant James Chartier started his 90 mile march from Chicopee to the State House in full military gear Wednesday morning at 5:00 a.m. He expects to reach the steps by Friday, November 4th after leaving from AmVets Post 12 on Montgomery Street.
Chartier told 22News he’s made it his quest to help vets suffering from PTSD receive the help they need. “Seeing what’s been reported whether it be social media, the media itself, with the VA centers not being able to handle all the cases for troops suffering with PTSD. I felt the need to step up and help them out and this is one way of doing it.”
Chartier has his route to Boston planned out and said on his Facebook page that there are no rain dates.
He’s partnered with the One Call Away Foundation, which aids in PTSD awareness and the prevention of Veteran Suicide.