Buckle up, ladies and gentleman. It took me a good long while to clean the pieces of my brain off the floor after listening to Justin Lascek’s experience on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Podcast.
Lascek is a Green Beret Special Forces Medic who was gravely injured by an improvised explosive device during his second deployment to Afghanistan. The Georgia native lost both of his legs and his testicles in the explosion, and 68 units of blood and countless surgeries were required to save his life.
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Six months ago, give or take a day, my life was changed. Chaos. Pain. Survival. Scared. I'm going to die. Tell her I love her. Wish I had been better. Everyone do your job. In 2018 I wanted to die. I figured my luck would run out after the close calls on the first trip. And it did. But brothers and sisters, known and unknown, kept me here. And I'm alive. And since the blast, I have never wanted to die. I was strapped into the Skedco during a hellish movement for the boys. The sun was in our faces. I gripped their hand and knew I didn't want to die. And I'm alive. It can be surreal when the reality hits. But my soul isn't in turmoil. There was so much uncertainty last year, but now it's clear without wavering or uncertainty. Because I'm alive. Cheating death and myself gives an understanding of how special life is. Not just for me, but everyone. Especially you, the one who hurts, the one who thinks death will end the pain. I see you. Stay with us a little longer. And be alive. #DOL #mentalhealth @havokjournal
Lascek appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast with Grammy Award-winning country musician Sturgill Simpson, whose music helped the war vet through the first days in the hospital following the incident.
Lascek told his mother he wished to meet Simpson and before long, the singer was at his bedside and the two developed a bond that would last far beyond the walls of the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. Simpson then had a vision to support the @specialforcesfoundation_via direct donations as well as a charity tour for the band’s new album, Sound and Fury.
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I'm fortunate to have made a very good friend out of Sturgill Simpson. When he was contacted to visit a wounded Green Beret in the hospital, he didn't think twice about visiting me. On his own accord, he had a vision of supporting the @specialforcesfoundation_ via direct donations as well as a charity tour. And now The Underplay Tour is happening with the launch of the band's new album, Sound and Fury. It's a self-described "sleazy rock album", and it's really fucking good. I'll be tagging along for the tour to tell my story and help raise money to support the families of Green Berets killed in action — the families of my friends — for The Special Forces Foundation. If you'd like to donate, see the link in my bio. This foundation doesn't pay board members and all proceeds go towards Gold Star families and wounded guys. Don't feel obligated to donate, but if you do, I really appreciate it. I believe it's our sacred trust to take care of the families of the people who die in service of their country. #DOL #SturgillSimpson Hey @wherethefuckissturgillsimpson I found him.
Lascek spoke candidly and intelligently about his experience, his newfound perspective, the immense power of Ketamine, and helping other veterans in need. His story brought Rogan to tears and prompted him to offer help, by way of the podcast or comedy events.
The segment below is 20 minutes long, but worth every minute.
Lascek, who in 2018 claimed he wanted to die, ironically revealed that since the blast, he’s been gifted a new lease on life.
I’m alive. Cheating death and myself gives an understanding of how special life is. Not just for me, but everyone. Especially you, the one who hurts, the one who thinks death will end the pain. I see you. Stay with us a little longer.
And be alive.
Lascek is a writer and editor for 70sBig.com and “teaches workshops on lifting mechanics and programming as well as consults and programs for trainees, athletes, and soldiers in his free time.”
You can watch the entire Sturgill Simspon interview below, which is fascinating in itself.