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An army veteran with terminal cancer has one last wish.

Army veteran gets one last wish. By Michele Fiore. CREATED Jan 10, 2015

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GREEN BAY – An army veteran with terminal cancer has one last wish. It’s to see the Packers in the playoffs. That dream is about to come true.

Sgt. Robert Monroy has esophageal cancer. He was released from the hospital just two days ago, and although he’s weak, this father and husband’s pressing ahead to do what he’s always wanted to do.

TODAY’S TMJ4’s Michele Fiore reports:

“You just push forward, soldier on, you know, aim forward, you’ll know what your destination’s at eventually,” said Monroy.

The destination this weekend is Green Bay.

We asked, “You’re excited about tomorrow?
“Yes I am,” said Monroy.

We asked, “What would a win in the SuperBowl mean to you this year?”
“It’d mean a lot, I mean, that is, I would have lived to see three out of my lifetime,” said Monroy.

As the Packers move closer to that, Camp Hometown Heroes hooked Sgt. Monroy and his wife up with some suite tickets.

“We’re just gonna try to give him a four star treatment, you know, and bring him right up to the door and let him enjoy the game indoors, you know, instead of outside,” said Jim Kacmarcik with Camp Hometown Heroes.

Doctors believe the army veteran got esophageal cancer in Iraq by breathing in toxic fumes near burn pits where he was entrenched with his unit.

“I’m feeling decent, just a little dazed out, little tired? yea,” said Monroy.

Monroy’s wife calls him brave. The two have been together since they were 15. Life back then was also a struggle.

“I had it rough growing up. Seems like I was always protecting somebody at home,” said Monroy.

Sgt. Monroy knows his ultimate destination, that’s heaven. But, he’s got some work to do first.

“You know, I wish I could be there more for my daughter. And trying to be serious and let her know that, one of the things I let them know is that with or without me, I’ll always be there,” said Monroy.

Sgt. Monroy doesn’t know how much longer he has to live. His wife tells me he doesn’t want to know. He declined to take chemotherapy and just wants to live life each day as best he can.