Growth Through Trauma

There’s no instruction booklet on life and every human’s experience is unique. My aim is to convey the lessons I’ve learned in hopes they add value to your life.

On Masculinity

This post also appears on 70sBig.com. We all remember our fascination with the physical prowess of brawny men. There’s something about the mustaches, the short shorts, the faded pictures of big eye glasses, and slabs of meat for traps. I was 23 when I started 70sBig.com.  I had some sort of infatuation with masculinity. IContinue reading “On Masculinity”


My friend’s son made this for school, and it makes me cry like a babe. Not long ago hearing the words “hero” with my name made me want to vomit. Does the person know I believed I deserved to die? That I believed I wasn’t good enough for anyone? That the fearless warrior in combatContinue reading ““Hero””

Just Another Morning

It was just another morning. This picture was taken a week before I stepped on the IED. I was in charge of a six man element, and we used the Polaris RZR I’m leaning on to drive to nearby partner force outposts. I had a mechanic with me to take a looksie at their generators.Continue reading “Just Another Morning”

Ketamine Essay

The first time I received ketamine was after I stepped on an IED, and the experience of emotional and physical trauma while under the influences of this medication were profound. I wrote this essay so medical providers — doctors, nurses, combat medics, etc. — can improve their understanding of how this drug can influence aContinue reading “Ketamine Essay”

A Letter to SOF

By Justin Lascek U.S. Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant The nature of Special Operations is to accomplish near impossible missions. We are the action arm of policy for our nation, a tool in war and peace. Nowadays we are the primary effort in combat, conflict, and influence. We may be tasked with everything from humanitarianContinue reading “A Letter to SOF”