On Sunday, Meryl Streep used her time on the stage at the Oscars to talk politics. As she accepted the lifetime achievement award, the long-time actress went into a few minute monologue praising actors for giving Americans something other than NFL and martial arts to watch for entertainment, as well as to take jabs at President-elect Trump without ever directly saying his name. The 67-year-old Hillary supporter was hailed as “courageous” by her Hollywood-counterparts and adoring fans for using the platform to trash the incoming President along with the American populous that voted for him. One veteran, who lost a few body parts as a result of his time fighting in the Middle East, took to Twitter to weight in on the actress’s lecture.
Following Streep’s Sunday speech, Iraq War Veteran J.R. Salzman tweeted “I too hope to one day be as courageous and selfless as Meryl Streep” accompanied by a picture of himself in uniform before he was wounded and a one of him after which features a silhouette of his body showing the loss of the lower half of his right arm and a substantial portion of his left hand.
Salzman’s website says that Salzman was “emotionally affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks” which implored him to join the Minnesota National Guard. In the spring of 2006 he was deployed to Iraq.
While deployed in Iraq, he was hit with an Iranian IED that did major damage to his body. According to his website, his right arm was severed below the elbow and his left hand was “pulverized by the blast.” A decade later, Salzman is still in recovery.