With his boots strapped and a rucksack on his back, retired Army Platoon Sergeant, Jesse Daunis is preparing for another deployment. But this one isn't like his first five - "one to Korea, one to Haiti, three to Iraq."
This time he's staying in Nevada.
"I'll be leaving the Reno VA at 12 noon and heading out on my road march to the Las Vegas VA."
And the 18-year veteran plans to walk the entire way.
"How many miles is that? 448.5," he laughs.
He's hoping to log 25-miles per day - and raise thousands of dollars along the way - for injured veterans - returning home from active duty.
"It's a struggle when you come home. Not knowing where to turn, where to go, where to find help."
So, Jesse is teaming up with the Wounded Warrior Project which helped him - and not just with physical injuries to his back, shoulder and knee. "The first time you get shot at... that's pretty scary."
But also, the inner war he's battling with post traumatic stress disorder.
Studies estimate that one in every five veterans coming home from war have PTSD.
And the Wounded Warrior Project offers encouragement, support and direction to services - needed to cope and read just to civilian life.
So, aside from raising money, the 41-year-old also hopes to raise awareness for the non-profit during his road march which has required a lot of training. "Mostly endurance. My personal trainer, Sanndon, he works me hard."
The staff at Double Diamond Athletic Club in south Reno is donating training time for Jesse and a slew of other businesses have his back, too. But what's, perhaps, most important to the father of three -- is the support from his family like, his nine-year-old daughter, Luz. She plans to meet her dad, with his wife and her two siblings along his trek to replenish his supplies.
And while she's called his plan, oh, a bit crazy - "I think it's kind of insane, but I think he can do it."
Their confidence in his mission, his pride for his country and his love for his family will help fuel his efforts - every step of the way.
"I'm going to make it. I'm going to complete the mission. I hope to bring the awareness to the veterans of Reno."
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100% of funds raised go to the Wounded Warrior Project in Nevada
Written by Kristen Remington