Iraq War veteran gives motivational speech to Harrison HS teachers

Josh Bleill gives motivational speech to teachers.
Josh Bleill gives motivational speech to teachers.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Harrison High School teachers received a motivational speech from an Iraq War Veteran and Indianapolis Colts spokesperson.

Dozens of teachers filed into the school auditorium Tuesday afternoon to hear Joshua Bleill talk about his story.

Bleill had both of his legs amputated in 2006 after an IED explosion severely injured his legs. He talked to teachers about the difficult road to recovery, which led to him joining the Colts. Bleill said he comes from a family of educators and knows the difficulties teachers can face developing young adults.

“It’s a difficult job and it’s hard. At the same time, what these kids are going through, what they’re dealing with and how much they mature basically counts on those teachers,” said Bleill.

The Greenfield, Ind. native is a graduate of Purdue and said the trip brought back a lot of memories. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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