Cpl Daniel Lasko
Wind Gap, PA
Mission Accomplished on Mar. 18, 2023
Drawn by the Marine Corps at a high school job fair, Daniel “Dan” Lasko decided then he wanted to serve. He enlisted shortly out of high school and, coincidentally, was sworn in on the morning of September 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks, he knew it was his duty to serve. In 2004, Corporal Lasko deployed to Afghanistan as a vehicle machine gunner with the 22nd Marine Service Support Group for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
On April 24, 2004, Cpl Lasko and his unit were on a recon mission when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as his vehicle drove through a pass in Tarin Kowt. Dan lost his left leg below the knee, and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other injuries. He was eventually transferred to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland for recovery.
Now medically retired, Dan leads an active lifestyle with his wife Jess and their two sons, Luke and Ben. He enjoys coaching youth sports, speaking at local events and schools, and competing in athletic events around the country. Although Dan experienced obstacles in his previous home, he never let his injuries hinder his active lifestyle. Dan’s previous home was built on a hill, and stairs inside and outside the home presented challenges when he needed to use his crutches, knee scooter or wheelchair. After coping with his injury for over 15 years, those obstacles were taking a toll on him physically, especially when his residual limb was irritated.
A specially adapted custom home provides Dan and his family peace of mind and enables them to look forward, empowering not only Dan, but his entire family. The open floorplan mitigates barriers in his daily life and gives his family more time to get involved with the community, particularly with dog rescue organizations; his family has rescued three Labrador retrievers since 2015. A donated home gives him the opportunity to continue his education, and the couple hopes to invest in starting a business of their own.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dan chose to build his HFOT home in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, where he and Jess grew up.
Daniel would like to thank HFOT donors and supporters for their continued support of our nation’s severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. “Because of you, we are able to live and lead a productive life without constant worry about our injuries or obstacles.”
- Pennsylvania Treasurer, Mar. 18, 2023 Homes For Our Troops Presents New Custom Home to Injured Marine Veteran Read more
- Lehigh Valley Live, Mar. 18, 2023 Homes For Our Troops Presents New Custom Home to Injured Marine Veteran Read more
- Lehigh Valley News, Mar. 18, 2023 Wounded veteran and family start life in Wind Gap home built by national group Read more
- The Morning Call, Mar. 18, 2023 ‘It doesn’t stop here’: Former Marine corporal, Lehigh Valley native injured in Afghanistan, gets a new, fully equipped home Read more
- WFMZ-TV, Mar. 16, 2023 Public invited to ceremony donating adaptive home to local veteran. Read more.
- WFMZ-TV, Oct. 9, 2022 Wounded military Veterans are getting a chance to rebuild their lives, thanks to help from a nonprofit. Read more.