Bleill turns “one bad day” into a lifetime of opportunity

Authored by Jim Langham on Aug 21, 2013

Josh Bleill, spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts, travels the area these days telling people about his “one bad day,” Oct. 15, 2006, when an improvised explosive device struck his Humvee.
The explosion tore through the vehicle, killing two of his fellow Marines and severely injuring Bleill and his best friends. Five days later, Bleill woke up to hear the news of the loss of his two friends and both of his legs.
After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008 to attack his new life head-on. To his amazement, his new life was to include employment as the Indianapolis Colts community spokesperson.
These days, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay describes Bleill as, “very talented, bright-eyed and skilled.”
Bleill will be coming to South Adams High School on Aug. 28 (Wednesday) to speak to local residents at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Bleill will also be talking about his book, “One Step at a Time,” emphasizing life lessons from his enlistment then on to active duty in Fallujah, through two years of rehab and eventually to his job as the community spokesman for the Colts.
In an interview late last week, Bleill told about how he met members of the Colts during his stay in the hospital recovering from the battle injury. During his hospitalization, Colts' owner Irsay visited him and asked him if he would be interested in the Colts' position when he recovered.
“Five years later I was living life in a dream experience,” said Bleill. “My faith journey got me to where I'm at today.
“To have that opportunity is amazing,” continued Bleill. “To have that organization call up and invite me to become involved with them is unbelievable.”
Bleill said that he tells audiences that he indeed had one bad day, but he doesn't dwell on that day, but on the days that would follow.
“People that can't get past that one bad day get stuck in ruts,” observed Bleill. “It's not just the Colts. I have met so many wonderful people. People that get past that one bad day will find a whole new life of opportunities.”
Concerning his book, Bleill said that he sensed the need to tell the story of his recovery, his service for the country, the support he felt for the troops and how it all changed his outlook on life in general.
Bleill said that his book, which was just released, can be purchased by contacting the Colts' website, area bookstores, iTunes and Amazon.


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