Tuesday, January 09, 2007

J.R. Salzman, is a blogger that I have a great deal of admiration for he has undergone an amputation during his service in the Iraq military. I really feel grateful for people that are able to remain positive while they are going through a challenge. I dropped him a line wishing him the best. It makes me feel good to do that and I hope that it can make a difference. Maybe if every single person that reads this sends him a kind word of encouragement maybe that might make him and the send feel better as well?

Here is an entry from his blog:

“Thursday, December 21, 2006
3:16:24 AM

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.”

What great courage the guy has his arm amputated and he is thankful that he can still log roll. That is incredible stuff.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an amazing guy.


4:00 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

I dunno wut I'd do in his situation...he sure has alot of courage and strength!


4:23 PM  
Blogger TriSoloist said...

I hope that I could have the same outlook... what a great attitude to strive for! Make it a great day!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting blog... i followed a link you posted from:

Jessica Alba likes Watersports!

keep up the good work.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting blog... i followed a link you posted from:

Jessica Alba likes Watersports!

keep up the good work.

4:58 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

This man is really brave. I admire him. Thanks for stopping by the blog, and for the comments. Continue to stop by.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

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5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story. I am going to email him.


5:10 PM  
Blogger Tan BoSe said...

your blog is very inspiring. Thanks for reading my blog.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Sornie said...

I worry about situations like this happening to our nation's soldiers because I have two close friend in the military, one has served one tour and the other is in Iraq currently.

6:38 PM  
Blogger East of Oregon said...

fabulous post!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I will keep him in my prayers. He seems so courageous. Thanks for sharing.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Blessed said...

I stopped by his blog. I left my thanks to him for protecting ALL of us. What a hero. Thanks for sharing this.

now here are a few names I would like for you to see becuz here are some other injured servicemen that have documented their lives online or are mentioned online. very inspiring.


Scott Smiley--go to:

Nick Popaditch--see this article:

Here's a website I posted about before Christmas to send thanx to our troops:

and last but definitely not least see this page to move you to tears. I posted about this site as well. I think everyone should check this page out to give oneself a real reality check:

7:38 PM  
Blogger Donna Sundblad said...

I wish the media would pick up on more of these stories. They certainly paint a different attitude.

I appreciate the story and the link. Any time we can support these men and woman serving our country--we should.


4:15 AM  
Blogger kel said...

Interesting blog. Very inspirational, a nice pick me up. Thanks for sharing.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous 123Valerie said...

Well, Tommy, you know this a directive I can get behind. Thanks for the heads up!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

I have a ton of emails in my box to respond to:

Thanks for the comments here but I care about people and really admire courage in people when faced with adversity.

Here are some recent emails I have received:

"I do not know what to say other than thank you for posting this"

"everything I was going to say has been said"

"I am going to email the guy right now"

"Is this your gay lover?"
My reply: No, I am not gay thanks.

"You just have this blog to have a bunch of people kissing your ass don't you"

My reply:
I get plenty of that from my position at work if that is what I am seeking most. I am using this blog to save motivational stuff for my own use and to anyone that cares.

"You sound like a pompous and arrogant ass that is full of himself"

My reply:
I think it is hard for me to judge myself in that way, but the internet might be clouding who I am as a person.

There are some other more insulting emails that are from unnamed sources if they want to post them here they are welcome to. I will not moderate against personal attacks as long as they are only directed at me.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I am going to email you some more people that you should blog about like this.


3:29 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

G'day Tom!


4:57 PM  
Blogger BellaRose said...

Thanks for the nice compliment on my blog, Tom!

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is two stories recently about missing arms.


6:04 AM  
Blogger Undiscovered Talent said...

Wow Amazing!! http://undiscoveredpoet.blogspot.com

8:05 AM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

Keshi, I am doing fantastic today.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im moved by this story.
thank u very much for sharing this!! ^^

8:24 PM  
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11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

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12:39 PM  

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