Green Beret Special Forces Medic Justin Lascek Reduces Joe Rogan To Tears Describing The Perspective He Gained From Losing Both His Legs

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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.

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.

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 and “teaches workshops on lifting mechanics and programming as well as consults and programs for trainees, athletes, and soldiers in his free time.”

Perspective updated.

You can watch the entire Sturgill Simspon interview below, which is fascinating in itself.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.