A soldier on his way to Las Vegas for a Wounded Warriors march was training at the gym when he found out he shouldn't even be walking at all.
Like a true soldier, he muscles his way through any setback.
"It's all busted up right here and a bakers cyst is in the back."
But a setback this severe has forced even the toughest of war heroes to regrettably stand down."I felt great, regret on having to postpone it."
We first met Jesse Daunis right here on Channel 2 During our Someone 2 Know Segment.
He showed us the 50 pound bag and combat gear he planned to carry during his 448 mile 18 day march from Reno to Las Vegas last week.
But what he thought was a slight nuisance in his knee during workouts, turned out to be a fracture, torn meniscus, and a cyst - injuries from combat, requiring major knee surgery.
"I want to complete this mission. I didn't want to get out here and damage my knee to the point where its unfixable."
His doctor said he would've barely made it a few days, let alone 18 ...
"And you had no idea?" Neda Iranpour asks.
"No, it hurt but you just suck it up."
This soldier also battled a separate set of demons after deployment. A "give it your all" attitude, not too surprising coming from a solider who served 20 years.
"I turned to the bottle and the only time I'd leave my apartment was Walmart two in the morning."
"We need to help veterans from isolating and depression."
He's going take his march for Wounded Warriors this fall.
Jesse wanting to give veterans hope, first forced to recover before letting the nation know the true meaning of wounded warrior.
For more information on his march, go to www.roadmarchforwoundedwarriors.com
You can also follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/RoadMarchForWoundedWarriors
The Road March for Wounded Warriors Fund is administered by the Reno Rodeo Foundation. All donations through Reno Rodeo Foundation's Paypal go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Written by Neda Iranpour