Wounded war vet goes on Twitter storm against transgenders in military


After President Trump announced Wednesday that transgenders would not be allowed in the military, a massive wave of feedback came in from both sides of the political aisle, and a poll has gone viral about whether Americans agree with the decision.

A wounded war veteran and amputee who served in Iraq in 2006 has spoken out about the harsh realities of war in an impressive string of Twitter posts which say the military is hard enough for anyone, but it is no place for transgender people who have psychological and emotional issues.

“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. 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,” J.R. Salzman began in his tweeting storm Wednesday morning.

He continued, “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. Any tiny little personal issue they had suddenly became a mountain. And that shit came out on that fire base. And they snapped mentally.

“After stepping on each other’s nuts living in the same can for five months, guys were at each other’s throats. The stress made it worse. Guys would literally snap over a dear John letter. Their personal issues came out and they were instantly combat ineffective.

“Now take someone confused about whether they are a man/woman. Take those psychological and emotional issues and put them in that environment. Take someone who is right off the bat not uniform or part of the same team. Give them special treatment because of their identity. You have to be incredibly tough mentally, physically and emotionally. War is not a fucking video game. It tests every ounce of your being.

“You can’t teach someone to be a fearless warrior in a fucking PowerPoint. You either have it or you don’t. You can hack it or you can’t. We had guys who couldn’t. When faced with combat situations they crumbled. They had mental and emotional issues. They were a liability.

“To be successful at war, you have to become a warrior mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can’t fake it and go through the motions. In war if it comes down to kill or be killed, and you hesitate, you’re dead. It’s a simple as that. It’s not a fucking video game. War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your shit together, or you don’t.”

After the first, extensive Twitter rant, Salzman confirmed in additional tweets that he was being “bombarded with media requests,” but said, “I’m not doing them. I’m not here to be a spokesman or a martyr for anyone’s cause. This is not an ideological issue for me. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, white, transgender, or whatever. I really don’t. I care that people serving in the military have the mental, physical and emotional capacity to do their job effectively. That’s it.”

He added, “War doesn’t give a shit about your identity. You either have the physical, mental and emotional capacity to hack it or you don’t. That’s it. That is the argument. If you’re making this into an issue of identity, politics and political correctness, then you’re kneecapping the military. Serving in the military is a privilege, not a right. And it is sure as hell not a social experiment.”

Salzman obviously made an impact. He tweeted hours later on Wednesday evening: “I plan on putting my iPone on do not disturb tomorrow. What started as a few random tweets over my coffee this morning turned into a wasted day. I need to get some work done. Sorry people, but I can’t pay my bills with tweets.”

He added, “I gained roughly 5,000 followers today. Absolutely insane. My notifications are blowing up faster than I can read them.”

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