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Helena resident relates life experience through characters
by Bain Serna
May 06, 2014 | 26 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HELENA -– Storytelling that reveals one’s personal experiences of traversing life’s often difficult and redemptive journey is what author Lucas Jasso shares in his recent book I Will Fight Nevermore.

Jasso, a resident of the Helena area since 2004, penned his work of biographical fiction, in where he uses fictionalized characters to tell the story of many aspects of his personal life experiences.

I Will Fight Nevermore brings to life the story of Lucas Hustle, a fictional character based on Jasso’s life that grows up in Corpus Christi and McAllen and struggles with the age-old questions of who he is and what his place in the world is, as well as his inner struggles of “what is wrong with me.”

Hustle joins the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War-era and is soon shipped off to war in a foreign land, where the experiences and memories leave deep emotional scars of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and compound the struggles of adapting to normal life after the war and military service.

The story is a combination of a coming-of-age, of military life; and of combating the inner-wars of childhood pain, anger, depression, alcoholism and finally finding love and personal redemption in the end.

“My main issue, and of course I could be wrong, is that I am of the opinion that we are losing most of our culture,” said Jasso regarding his reasons for writing the book. “What motivated me to write this book is to relate some of our history. My objective is to preserve some of our history.”

Jasso did grow up in McAllen and Corpus Christi and joined the Texas Army National Guard as a young man during the height of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Jasso eventually joined active-duty Army and served from 1969 through 1978, and did a tour of duty in Vietnam at that time.

Jasso is an active education advocate and promoter of the importance of literature and learning, both classical and modern.

Jasso relates his hope that his book and writings might help other military veterans as well as other people in general in dealing with the issues many of them often face and have difficulty confronting.

“Know that my book is a we thing,” said Jasso. “It is about us. There could be something in my book that a fellow veteran might identify with certain actions.”

I Will Fight Nevermore can be purchased through Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com or by visiting Jasso’s website at www.lucasjasso.com and emailing lucas_jasso@yahoo.com.
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