When Iraq combat vet J.R. Salzman tweeted out a reaction to President Trump’s ban on trans troops, little did he know that he’d receive such a huge response.
His twitter page and messages blew up like crazy with so many positive comments and support.
Salzman’s own testimony of what it’s like on the battlefield and why trans troops shouldn’t be there is compelling and brutally honest.
Please give Salzman a follow on his twitter account.
WOUNDED WARRIOR AND IRAQ VET J.R. SALZMAN’S CASE FOR THE BAN ON TRANS TROOPS:
“I served in Iraq in 2006. For the first five months I was on a 12 man firebase out in the middle of nowhere in the desert,” said the veteran, before explaining the every day hell of war.
“Everyday was Groundhog Day. Wake up and do the same patrols, the same shifts, every single day. It was so damn hot. 150° in the gun trucks,” he wrote. “Tracer fire would go overhead occasionally at night. IED’s on the road were a daily threat. We got resupplied food every 8 days.”
“The stress of being out there and doing the same job every single day eats away at you. The younger guys had problems with that overtime,” continued Salzman. “Any tiny little personal issue they had suddenly became a mountain. And that shit came out on that fire base. And they snapped mentally. … Guys would literally snap over a dear John letter. Their personal issues came out and they were instantly combat ineffective.”
Salzman argued that the reality of such harsh circumstances of war make it no place for those confused about their gender.
“Now take someone confused about whether they are a man/woman. Take those psychological and emotional issues and put them in that environment,” he said. “Take someone who is right off the bat not uniform or part of the same team. Give them special treatment because of their identity.”
“Take that person, put them in that stressful war environment and watch what happens. It’s a f***ticking time bomb,” Salzman pointedly added.
“You have to be incredibly tough mentally, physically and emotionally. War is not a f***ing video game. It tests every ounce of your being,” asserted the vet. “You can’t teach someone to be a fearless warrior in a f***ing PowerPoint. You either have it or you don’t. You can hack it or you can’t.”
A LIABILITY: “War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your s*** together, or you don’t,” he stated. “And if you don’t, you’ll just get people needlessly killed. Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.”