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Lauren Trecosta

Writing for Project Recover is a sacred mission for me. It is a profound intersection of the past, present, and future. When our MIAs are returned home, they bring with them a quiet reminder of peace, gratitude, hope, and love. 

“It is a gift to be a part of that mission and to give voice to our MIAs’ lives and legacies.”

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Lauren Trecosta
Content Marketing Manager and writer for Project Recover

Lauren Trecosta has been the Content Marketing Manager and writer for Project Recover since 2018. Since then, Lauren has written Project Recover blogs, emails, and social media posts. 

The daughter of a DoDDS (now DoDEA)  school teacher, Lauren grew up on Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine military bases in Europe and Asia. The service and sacrifice of military personnel and their families made a lasting impression on and formed an enduring connection for her. 

Lauren aspires to give voice to the lives and legacies of American MIAs for their own recognition, for their families’ comfort, and for the collective.

Our MIAs, when Project Recover searches for them and when they are returned home, have a unique capacity to speak from the past to awaken those in the present and transform the future. 

Professional Background

Lauren is a counselor and life coach as well. She began her private practice in Northern Virginia. She worked with Military One Source and the majority of her clients with military personnel and/or their family members. 

Since moving from Virginia, Lauren works as a life coach. Articulating the unseen and the overlooked, Lauren’s insight is her specialty. Professionally trained as a therapist, much of her ability to see cause and effect, spot hidden agendas, and unravel system dynamics is intuitive. 

Drawing on more than 20 years in practice, Lauren draws on a variety of skills and theoretical bases to help her clients reach their fullest potential. She specializes in finding the past in the present to transform the future, identifying the least effort for the greatest relationship gain, finding flow in the dance of masculine and feminine energies, and integrating the inner and outer selves.

Most recently, Lauren began training with MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) to become certified in MDMA-assisted therapy., an FDA-designated breakthrough therapy for treating PTSD.

A perennial student, Lauren has her undergraduate degree in Journalism, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned a Master’s in Psychological Services and another in Education from Marymount University. She has held certifications as a teacher and elementary school counselor and is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. 


Lauren’s passion has been living outside the box. She has been entrusted with raising three feisty people she calls children but are mostly grown. From road-tripping across the country to being displaced by California fire, her commitment is finding excellence in every moment and the greatest potential for every action.

Lauren’s Recent Posts

  • DPAA Accounts for AOM1c Anthony Di Petta
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that, in partnership with Project Recover and other experts in the field, they accounted for AOM1c Anthony Di Petta. AOM1c Di Petta was an ordnanceman on a TBM-1c Avenger.
  • Friedlander Named Civilian of the Year by Michigan State Police
    Project Recover is proud to announce that Hanna Friedlander was named Michigan State Police (MSP) 2022 Civilian of the Year. Hanna works with MSP Intelligence Operations as a Human Remains Analyst and is a Project Recover team member.
  • Leila Character Brings Machine Learning
    We are honored to announce Leila Character, Ph.D., is bringing Machine Learning to Project Recover to help bring more MIAs home.
  • NCR-SQD Raises $34k in GoRuck Challenge to Bring MIAs Home
    The National Capital Region Squad (NCR-SQD) raised more than $34k for Project Recover in a GoRuck Challenge to help bring MIAs home.
  • MIA Recovery Mission Palau 2022
    In August 2021, the Project Recover team set off for its first MIA Recovery Mission in the Republic of Palau. Our partnership with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency made this a groundbreaking mission. The goal was to recover MIAs from a World War II crash site 120’ underwater.
  • DAR Awards Pat Scannon Founders Medal for Patriotism
    The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D., Project Recover co-founder and President Emeritus, the DAR Founders Medal for Patriotism at their National Defense Night Ceremony on Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
  • July 4th: Celebrating Freedom & Remembering Fallen Heroes
    On July 4th, Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of our nation and the core values of what it means to be American. 
  • We Will Remember Them
    More than 20 years ago, Pat Scannon was reading a book late at night on World War in the Pacific. On the last page of the book, the author included a quote from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon.
  • 5 Ways to Give on Memorial Day
    On Memorial Day, we often remember our fallen heroes with parades and picnics. These are beautiful gatherings that reflect family and community. In many poignant ways, these celebrations capture the way of life our service members sacrificed to protect. 
  • Jules McManus, Former US Navy Diver Now Disabled, Dives Again
    Jules McManus, a former US Navy Diver now disabled, will dive again with Project Recover partner, Legion Undersea Services, to test dive equipment donated to Project Recover.
  • Press Release: Movie “To What Remains”
    Project Recover is proud to announce the release of To What Remains, a movie from Imperative Entertainment and ABRAMORAMA about American MIAs and Project Recover’s mission to bring them home.
  • Packing for Palau MIA Recovery Mission
    Project Recover met with Legion Undersea Services to pack for our first MIA Recovery Mission in Palau later this year.
  • Major Paul A. Avolese Accounted For by DPAA
    Major Paul A. Avolese, 35, a B-52 radar navigator during Vietnam, was accounted for on September 21, 2020, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
  • Finding the Arnett B-24 and the Repatriation of 8 MIAs
    Project Recover located the Arnett B-24, tail number ‘453, in January 2004 after ten years of searching. The find led to the repatriation of all eight crew members.
  • Partnership with Legion Undersea Services
    Project Recover is pleased to announce a partnership with Legion Undersea Services to recover MIAs from underwater crash sites globally.
  • The Science Behind the Search for MIAs
    An Interview with Mark Moline, Ph.D. Innovative science revolutionized Project Recover’s ability to find American MIAs and help bring them home. Project Recover partners and co-founders Mark Moline, Ph.D., Director of University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy, and Eric Terrill, Ph.D., Director of Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at Scripps Institution … Read more