THE MAINO PROJECT: Double Amputee Uses Music to Reinvent Himself
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GREEN BAY -- A double amputee and Army veteran from Green Bay is reinventing his life after the military through music.
There's an old saying in poker: it's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play the hand that you're holding. Well one soldier from Green Bay isn't letting a tough draw destroy his dream of making it big in the musical spotlight.
Justin Lane was a dedicated soldier who ran hazardous road clearing missions in Afghanistan, a job he coveted since 9/11.
"I was in eighth grade, in Literature class, and we saw it on the news when it was going down and I knew that when I was old enough, I was going to join the Army and fight," says Lane.
That all ended in July 2011, when a 200 pound bomb ripped through the floor of his truck. "It took off my right ankle immediately and my left leg was only hanging on by a tendon. But then I also suffered 24 other injuries along with my amputations."
After months of tough rehab, he had only one burning question: What to do with the rest of his life. Then, one day he had a revelation of sorts. "Only A Mountain by Jason Castro popped up on the radio."
Goodbye Justin the Soldier and hello J.P. and the rebirth of the former high school musician. "If someone mentions Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, or Oly Murs, I want them to list me next. What I want to make it big, is to motivate the world. Because when they know me and my name and they know my situation, they'll be like 'Wow, that dude is famous and he's a double amputee. Because he pushed himself and he achieved the goals he set for himself and that's why I want to make it big."
Just one inspiration guy. By the way, he has some upcoming performances in the area. Namely, one in Green Bay on October 5th.