Local veteran to trek across the state

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Updated: 3/07/2013 9:01 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- 41-year-old Reno veteran Jesse Daunis has served in five tours, three of which were in Iraq. He is now retired from the army, but experiences day to day struggles as a result of his time as a soldier.

"When you get out you're lost, you're confused you don't know what's going on with you physically, emotionally, and you don't know where to turn," Daunis says.

Daunis says he was lost until he met and married his wife Carmen. He did feel he had no where to turn as he was battling depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He says she inspired him and gave him hope something he now wants to pass on to other veterans.

"She said I could still help veterans without being a soldier anymore," Daunis says.

Daunis explains he sees first hand the baggage that comes along with warfare. He says he see his fellow veterans are battling the same issues he is like PTSD, drug abuse, depression, and the list goes on. 

So in order to inspire his comrades Daunis has decided he is going to walk from the VA in Reno all the way to the VA in Las Vegas. He's going to walk 25 miles a day and the trip is expected to take him 18 days. The total trip is 448.5 miles. His march will begin April 1rst at noon.

"If they see me going through the same struggles they are it will inspire hope in them and passion again, knowing that they have a buddy here that's doing this for them," Daunis says. 

Along with his march to Las Vegas Daunis is trying to raise $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

According to Daunis all of the funds raised stay in Nevada to help Nevada veterans returning from service.

For sponsorship or donations information call 775-825-2665.

To learn more about Jesse's journey click here or go to his Facebook page here.
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