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December 28, 2006

Milblogger wounded.

No, a wounded milblogger isn't any more important than any other wounded warrior. But these are people we know, and through whom we get a little view into the world of the deployed soldier. No more important, just more... accessible. And just like Major Z of From My Position, this is a wounded milblogger who will probably give us another window into Walter Reed and rehab, an important aspect where these soldiers show a completely different level and type of courage and struggle to overcome and adapt.

J.R. Salzman, of Lumberjack in a Desert has been wounded by an IED.

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it is hard for me to tell you all this but i was hurt by an ied here. my right arm has been amputated below the elbow, my left has four working fingers. my legs are fine so l can still logroll! i am on my way to the hospital in germany, then back to the states for more care. i am in high spirits. i am going to be ok, but i will have a long road to recovery. please remember me in your prayers, as well as those who were injured with me. i will let you know more as time passes.

This soldier was from the same unit in the Minnesota Army Guard who gave us the "Halp us Jon Carry" banner. JR wasn't one of the people in that photo, but he *did* meet the creator!

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Rest assured, the Elves (Chuck and Fuzzybear Lioness) of Project Valour-IT are already on it, having been alerted by AFSis.

Standing tall and maintaining a good attitude. These kids are every bit as tough as their forebears. The Republic is well served. Well served indeed.

Update: The Elves are quick. From email: "...it should be delivered next weekend, assuming they can get ahold of Salzman's family to arrange for the meeting. "

Those of you who contribute to Project Valour-IT - thank you ever so much.

Updated update: Hello to visitors from NRO. You'll probably appreciate the post above this one, too. More importantly... Just a note regarding the Valour-IT link: the entire Soldiers' Angels website is being redone and the server transfer left a ton of stuff scrambled on the Valour-IT section of the site. They're working on it. We apologize for the mess.

Comments on Milblogger wounded.
FbL briefed on December 28, 2006 10:10 AM

Just a note regarding the Valour-IT link: the entire Soldiers' Angels website is being redone and the server transfer left a ton of stuff scrambled on the Valour-IT section of the site. They're working on it.

Barb briefed on December 28, 2006 10:43 AM

D*mn, what a shame. Gotta love the guy's spirit, though!

Bill Faith briefed on December 28, 2006 12:40 PM

Linked ya. Also wrote Michelle Malkin thanking her for mentioning J.R. and fussing at her for not mentioning Valour IT in the same post.

AFSister briefed on December 28, 2006 01:46 PM

Thanks for the link and the post, John. As you know, FbL's already on it and so is Chuck- esp. since he'll be at WR next weekend-ish also, when the laptop should be delivered. I'm thinking that Chuck's welcome to "the club", and Carren's support, will be a huge comfort to JR, Josie and JR's family.

I'm glad to see that you got a NRO link- you get WAY more traffic than I do, so this will really help get the story out about JR and V-IT.

As always, thoughts, prayers, and hope for a speedy recovery go out to JR. His lumberjack achievements are amazing- even his sister is a world-class logroller. I hope he's able to recover his balancing abilities so he can return to competition.

Trias briefed on December 28, 2006 06:21 PM

I wish him and his mates well on their road to recovery. Nice to see the help is so fast... not to mention there of course.

beth briefed on December 28, 2006 08:24 PM

I am so sorry to hear this.

Wild Thing briefed on December 29, 2006 12:49 AM

Thank you for telling us about J.R. Salzman. We can never do enough to let them know we support them.


I am so grateful to Valour-IT for all they do for our troops that are wounded.

Kerri briefed on December 29, 2006 12:31 PM

Do we know if JR has arrived at Walter Reed? Is there any way to direct emails or cards to him??

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