BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a special day for one army veteran who completed a 90-mile march to Boston to raise awareness for vets with P.T.S.D. 22News was there as he approached the State House steps.
Retired Staff Sergeant James Chartier told 22News he wanted to raise awareness about Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a creative way that would set him apart from all the rest. Chartier embarked on his 90-mile march from Chicopee to Boston in full military gear on Wednesday morning.
22News cameras were recording as he completed the 90-mile walk at the State House at around 2:00 Friday afternoon. Chartier was welcomed with applause and cheers from family, friends and even strangers walking by.
The army vet told 22News he’s exhausted, but feels he accomplished something very important. He’s made it his quest to help veterans suffering from P.T.S.D. to get the help they need.
Chartier said, “The VA centers, they don’t diagnose it soon enough so this march is to help get the word out there, and we need to focus more on it.”
Although it was a challenging walk, Chartier told 22News he plans to do it all again next year.