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Darien Teacher Carries 22 Pounds On His Back To Help Veterans

James Brochinsky, a middle school STEM teacher at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, has set up a fundraising page to raise awareness of the suicide rate of military personnel.
James Brochinsky, a middle school STEM teacher at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, has set up a fundraising page to raise awareness of the suicide rate of military personnel. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- James Brochinsky, a STEM teacher at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, has set up a fundraising page to raise awareness of the suicide rate of military personnel and to help veterans.

He is doing his share to spread the word by walking 180 miles over 180 days while carrying 22 pounds of weight. "I will be walking 1 mile a day for 180 days. This represents 1 mile for every day I report to Middlesex Middle School for the 2015-16 school year," he said.

He carries this weight every day to and from Middlesex Middle School. Although he can unstrap and take off the weight, he said there are people who cannot unstrap the burdens they may be carrying.

He is raising funds through an Active Heroes website page. So far, he has 18 donations totaling $1,080, but his goal is to hit $2,000. T o make a donation, CLICK HERE .

Brochinsky pointed out that a small donation of $1 a day would mean $180 in total; 50 cents a day would mean $90 and 25 cents a day would mean $45.

Donations on his fundraising page will go toward helping to build a Military Family Retreat Center. This center will offer programs for veterans and their family members to help reduce the suicide rate of military personnel.

The experience of walking with the weight has made him understand a bit of what others go through when they are serving in the military, including his niece. She is currently serving in Afghanistan and will return home in March.

It also has opened his eyes to a small glimpse of what those with post-traumatic stress disorder might be struggling with daily, he said.

He is participating in this fundraiser through Active Heroes, a charity that helps veterans, active duty military and their families.

Active Heroes' mission is to support U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational and emotional programs that provide coping skills in an effort to eliminate military/veteran suicide.

For more information on Active Heroes, click here.

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