From growing up on a remote Alaskan island in a two-room cabin with a pet ocelot to blowing up a toilet with an M-80 while attending a Washington state high school to learning guitar from the Seattle SuperSonics’ sports therapist to joining legendary grunge bands Soundgarden and Nirvana to getting kicked out of legendary grunge bands Soundgarden and Nirvana to his epiphany that put him on a bus to Fort Benning, Georgia, nearly everything about Green Beret and Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Jason Everman and his story are extraordinary.

Read the entire New York Times piece about him here.