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This week was filled with inspirational stories about Memorial Day.  We hope you are as moved by some of the stories and pictures as we were.

Honor:

Hi Glenn,

Just wanted to share a photo of cub scout den, Pack 135, Sulphur Springs Tn. at the Mountain Home National Cemetary, Johnson City Tn. This ceremony has been going on for over 50 years here with the Boy Scouts. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!

Thanks

Lewis

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Liberty:
This is a picture of my grandson Brady, in his front yard in Houston TX.  This was his first Memorial Day.  My daughter and SIL made the pic, and I thought it was a great photo with many possible implications…past, present and future…ripe for several significant captions. Feel free to post in the Fan Corner.
Steve
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Heroes:

Like many young men of his day, may Dad, James D. (Slim) Landrum, was eager to serve in the armed forces for his country. His three brothers were in different branches of the military so he chose the Navy. He wanted to be on a submarine and, being 6’4”, he had to “shorten” his height to get in. He was an electrician on the USS Grenadier and on his 20th birthday was captured by the Japanese. His sub had been damaged and the crew had to abandon ship and scuttle the sub. My dad was in prison camp for about 2 ½ years under which he endured much torture. While there, several of the prisoners made an American flag out of bed sheets that one of them had sewn and used colored pencils for the stars and stripes. This was at a great risk of life if found out by the Japanese, therefore, this act of bravery to this day shows me the love he had for his country. Upon liberation from Omori prison camp my father decided that the stars and stripes were going to be prominent over everything else. He took a firemen’s pike to use as a flag pole and made his way to the front of everyone at the edge of the water to make sure “Ol’ Glory” was seen by all. He carried that love for the flag until the day he died in 1980 and did not see that flag again as they had decided to give it to the man who had sewn it. Many years later, my oldest brother, Jerry, located that flag after much research and my family has been blessed to see it on display at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, VA where my dad and all of us grew up. To this day I still miss my dad but I believe he would be saddened by the condition of this country today and the lack of respect given to our armed forces and the flag that has represented one of the greatest nations (under God) that this world has experienced. My dad is indeed my hero.
God Bless,

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Freedom:

Dear Mr. Beck and Blaze staff,

I saw your email message for Memorial Day and wanted to send you this link of my 6 year old daughter singing the National Anthem at a Saint Paul Saints baseball game last night (Sunday, May 25). If you have any time to watch it I was struck by a few things.

We loved that a serviceman was with her on the field as she sang – not only did she sing for him but for all of our patriots both past and present.  I explained to Montana before singing that when she sings the National Anthem, she is telling a story.  A story about America, and it’s God given freedoms that many have fought to preserve.

She/we were unaware that as she sung the words “the bombs bursting in air”, the bombs would literally go off. This was completely unexpected but a very cool touch!

Just wanted to share it.  Happy Memorial Day!

Beverly

On radio this morning, Glenn read a disturbing report involving Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was recently sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. According to her lawyers, Ibrahim, who is married to an American citizen, gave birth to a baby girl in a filthy prison cell in Khartoum, Sudan on Monday. After sharing the story Glenn had a simple question for his listeners: Are we dead inside?

Earlier this month, TheBlaze reported that Ibrahim and her 20-month old son were detained in a Sudanese prison after the 27-year-old refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Ibrahim became a Christian after her father, a Muslim, abandoned her family. After being raised by her Ethiopian mother, who is a Christian, Ibrahim adopted her mother’s faith. Ibrahim later married a Christian man named Daniel Wani. Wani is a U.S. citizen.

Shariah law in Sudan requires that children follow their father’s faith. Ibrahim was first arrested and charged with adultery in August 2013 and was later charged with apostasy in February 2014 after she said she was a Christian and not a Muslim.

The Daily Mail has spoken to Ibrahim’s husband, and he said he had been in contact with the American Embassy in Khartoum, but they refused to assist him.

“I thought this would be the one place which would help me, but they told me they didn’t have time to do anything. I was upset because now that I am American citizen I thought they would help me,” Wani told the Daily Mail. “I was threatened. They said ‘well your wife isn’t American, so we can’t help.’ I felt disgusted. My home is in America and still they won’t help. It’s getting uglier and it’s not going in the right direction.”

Furthermore, the Daily Mail lays out how these charges against Ibrahim came to be:

[Ibrahim’s] lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, a Muslim, has received death threats for defending her but has already lodged an appeal. If he does not succeed at the Appeal Court, he will take the case to Sudan’s Supreme Court.

Mr Elnour said the case hinges around the testimony of two men who claim to be her brothers, and one woman who claims to be her mother.

In court they claimed that she had disappeared from the family home in a small village in the east of Sudan and then discovered her living in Khartoum, married to a Christian man.

But the lawyer said all three witnesses have proven to be liars because their evidence to the court has been highly contradictory.

He suggested that the trio are making up their story in an attempt to claim ownership of Meriam’s flourishing general store in a shopping mall on the outskirts of Khartoum.

Mr Elnour added: ‘We can prove that Meriam’s mother died in 2012 and that the two others are definite fraudsters. But the court is not interested in our evidence.’

Read the entire Daily Mail report HERE.

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“Will we in America do anything? Are we so dead inside,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “I mean I got on CNN and I said, ‘I will stand with the people who are trying to stop the hetero-fascists in Russia that say death to all homosexuals.’ I will stand with people I really, really don’t like… much to their chagrin because we don’t do this to people. We don’t stone homosexuals. We don’t kill people because of their beliefs. We don’t do it.”

“If we don’t stand for this, what do we stand for? ‘Well, we can’t get involved in other people’s country.’ Okay, that’s fine. This is an American citizen,” he continued. “The father is going to lose the children because the father is Christian and the children cannot be raised by a Christian. I understand this is the Sudan, but these are Americans… We must stand for something.”

While everyone knows that this type of persecution is indefensible, Glenn feared man’s love for his fellow man has waxed cold.

“What is wrong with us? We just had a caller last hour. He said, ‘Our backs have been thrown up against the wall.’ You’re damn right it has. Everybody’s back is being thrown up against the wall – unless you are part of the elite power group,” Glenn concluded. “[But] you can only complain so long… Americans don’t give up on things. Americans also don’t strike out in anger and hatred… This is the truth. We are not here to slaughter you. We are here to have you realign yourself with truth.”

Earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured his reelection bid by winning the Kentucky Republican primary in remarkably convincing fashion. Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin was McConnell’s main opponent, and throughout his campaign Glenn was continually impressed with Bevin. On radio this morning, a surprisingly optimistic Bevin joined Glenn to discuss his loss and what comes next.

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While both Glenn and Bevin hoped to be having this morning’s discussion under different circumstances, the men agreed the campaign was far fro meaningless.

“I know you are a God-fearing man, and so I am I. I know what I felt, and I know you know what you felt, and our God is not a God of frustration. He’s not a God to be thwarted,” Glenn said. “What do you take away from this? What do you think this exercise was for? Because it wasn’t meaningless. What happened?”

“Not even a little meaningless. This is the thing I take from this: From the very beginning, Glenn, it was clear to me this was something I was obedient to – a path that neither my wife nor I ever sought. It wasn’t something that I had aspired to, and yet every door continued to open and things unfolded in ways that were beyond our ability to even comprehend at times,” Bevin explained. “And so in our effort to do to the best of our ability that which was laid before us, we found ourselves on an incredible journey. What we have seen come from this is an awakening of people, an inspiring of young people in particular, in ways that would not have been there. There’s a ripple effect to history that we all know.”

One of the most inspiring moments of the whole campaign was the election night gathering organized by his campaign. Bevin explained he delivered his concession speech before a diverse group of Americans who truly care about the future of this country.

“The people that were in that room were the demographic of everything the GOP says that it wants to be and needs to be. We had older people, younger, black, white, Hispanic, poor, rich folks – the entire gamut of the socioeconomic spectrum in this country – not because we had focus groups, not because there had been outreach committees or a strategy session to reach these people. Every one of those folks was there of their own volition. They were drawn to this because of the integrity of it, the reality of it, the message of it. This is what gives me hope.”

Bevin explained that he is not sure what the future holds for him politically, but Glenn felt the urge to make Bevin an offer.

“I had no intention of saying that to you until you were on the phone, [but] I would like to ask if you wanted to provide commentary or anything or TheBlaze,” Glenn said. “I think you are a voice that needs to be heard. You just think about that and get back to me.”

“As I’m sure you find the same thing to be the case, people have 1,000 ideas of things you should do with your life. I’m very gracious of them… so I’m at this point listening,” Bevin said. “There’s Psalm 46:10. ‘Be still, and know I am God.’ At this point, to the degree I can with nine children and a campaign to button up, I’m being as still as I can – listening, trying to understand what it is I should do, what it is I could do, in order to make the most advantageous next steps.”

There are only a few opportunities in life to make a real difference by standing up for what you believe in. The next one is coming on July 22.

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Will Cain, co-host of TheBlaze’s Real News, has been exposing Bill de Blasio’s campaign against New York charter schools for several months. Today, he released Part 3 of his Blaze Digital Original series “Alise vs. The Mayor”. Back in February, Mayor de Blasio brought down the gauntlet on three charter schools operated by Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms to return to this fall. Will’s kindergarten-aged son attends one of those three schools. “Alise vs. The Mayor” he examines the issue of charter schools in New York City through the eyes of Alise, a student at Harlem Success Academy, and her mother.

On Thursday, Glenn hosted a small dinner at Mercury Studios for friends of varying backgrounds. From titans of Silicon Valley to men of faith, Glenn gathered a group of strange bedfellows to discuss the principles that have the power to unite people of all backgrounds.

Rabbi Irwin Kula was one of the people who attended the dinner. On Thursday’s radio program Kula explained that, as a New York Jew, he was initially skeptical to meet Glenn, but the men have become fast friends. On radio this morning, Kula called in on his way to the airport to discuss the transformative experience his time at Mercury Studios proved to be.

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“I feel that my body, mind, heart, and soul we were touched yesterday, Glenn,” Kula said. “I actually don’t know what happened. And I’m a little scared, actually, because it’s one thing to, you know, teach your wisdom, it’s another thing to have your wisdom blown into you… You’re never going to invite me again because I’m not being very articulate right now, but I think that yesterday was a transforming day.”

One of the reasons the Rabbi was initially reluctant to meet with Glenn was because he felt they came at things from two very different angles and spoke two entirely different languages. As it turns out, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Much like Glenn has been talking about lately, the labels we use to identify ourselves or the words we use superficially divide us. But once you move past those things, we actually have a lot in common.

“We use this language and these words. We use words like religious and secular and atheist and believer and communist and socialist and capitalist and liberal and conservative and libertarian,” Kula explained. “We use these words and the words actually block us from looking into someone’s eyes and saying, ‘What are their real fears? What are their real hopes? What is he really saying behind those words?’ And the words block our ability to actually do what we need to do: Live together and build together. I know we need words. I’m a wordsmith like you are. You’re amazing with words. But we also know that sometimes the words block the very experience of understanding.”

After having the opportunity to spend several hours with Glenn and his staff, Kula realized how inherently good people are.

“Maybe because I spent eight hours in the most amazing aesthetic and beautiful place that I’ve been in so long. Maybe it’s because every single person I interacted with in your office was so unbelievably human. There was no posturing, no positioning… People were genuinely nice. People said hello… We can do this. We have to somehow transcend these boxes and labels that are only products of our fear,” he said. “And you know… I don’t speak this way in public because I’m scared because a whole part of my community won’t listen to me. I think these words are placed by demons who want us to not actually connect by heart and mind and we have to actually get past that.”

Glenn asked Kula how he thinks his community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan will respond to the various interviews he did over the last couple of days. While he can’t say with certainty that he will not face some backlash, he is determined to continue to work on finding common ground and finding solutions to the problems that face this country.

“I’m nervous… I don’t know what’s going to happen because I have always known the most important thing is to listen to the other side. But what struck me yesterday is: I wasn’t sure there is another side,” Kula said. “We may disagree about how we got here and who is exactly to blame. And we may use different words. But what was unbelievably awe producing for me – and my body is tingling, my knees are shaking, Glenn. This is where we are. This is not a joke where we are right now.”

“The only way we’ll have new solutions is talking with people with whom we disagree and then small, small living laboratories,” he continued. “I want to know what’s happening in Texas… and we have to look at Montana, and the Lower East Side of New York, and in Cincinnati. There are no big grand final solutions that will solve everything. In the end yesterday, I [no longer] know what was the other side.”

Ultimately, both Glenn and Kula agree that incredible can happen and will happen if we continue to come together.

“God bless you. Thank you,” Glenn concluded. “This is why you talk to the other side. This is why you reach out to people who disagree with you. Miracles are coming and miracles are happening.”

You may have noticed that Glenn has had a wide range of guests on his programs this week. From Montel Williams to Rabbi Irwin Kula, James Altucher to Kamal Ravikant, Glenn has been speaking to individuals who might not agree with him politically but share common principles and passions. Glenn opened this morning’s radio program with monologue centered on the importance of joining together with those who may have once made us uncomfortable in order to lead people out of the darkness.

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Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

Yesterday, I had several people in my studios here who are very different than me. I have a new friend in Rabbi Irwin Kula. Rabbi Kula is a New York liberal rabbi who three years ago didn’t even want to meet with me. He was like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to meet with devil boy.’ But he did because he is a man of integrity and courage, and we sat down and had a great conversation.

I told him at that time, ‘Rabbi, here’s what I think is coming. And here is what I think we need to do. And I would just ask that you would pray on that and see if you can help.’ A year went by and we saw each other again. And he said, ‘You know what I’ve learned in the last year?’ And I said, ‘No, sir.’ And he said, ‘How many people have unreasonable hatred for you.’ I said, ‘Do you remember when I asked if we could meet together?’ He said he never hated me. I was a cartoon character to him. And he said, ‘Now my life is so amazing because I am witnessing unreasonable hatred that I never knew.’ And he said, ‘Being your friend is interesting.’ I said, ‘I understand that.’ A year goes by. And he said to me, ‘I’m beginning to understand what you’re talking about. I’m seeing what you’re seeing now, with the hatred that is growing on all sides. I want to talk you more about it.’ This is before I gave a speech someplace, and he happened to be there. He came up to me afterwards and he hugged me and he was crying and he said, ‘I’m in. I’m in.’

We’ve been trying to get together now for the last eight months. And we keep missing each other. And finally he got on the plane and he came down yesterday and he sat with me. We had such an amazing chat. A chat about the hole that so many people are feeling. The hole that our kids are cutting themselves, our kids are killing themselves, and everybody is talking about gun regulation. Even, you know, with me, I’m talking about video games. But really, what we should be talking about is the hole that everyone is trying to fill. And we’re all filling it.

We’re all addicted to something. I want you to really think to yourself: What is it that you’re addicted to? And when I say ‘addicted to,’ what I mean is: If I asked you to put it away for a month, could you do it or would you do it? If I said, don’t have any coffee for a month, don’t have any alcohol for a month, don’t have a cigarette for a month, don’t view pornography for a month, don’t use the Internet for a month, don’t use your cell phone or text message or email for a month. Would you do it? Different question than could you do it. Would you do it? Most of us at first would say, ‘Oh, it can’t be done.’ But I would challenge you.

Five years ago you didn’t have an iPhone. Five years ago you weren’t texting. Five years ago you didn’t have Facebook. Five years ago we didn’t have Twitter. So these things we all lived without just a very short period ago. So the answer is: Yes, you could. But would you?

We are so busy checking the mail. How many times have we been in a conversation. I was just in a conversation… and somebody pulls out their phone because they just got a little buzzzz, and I looked down, ‘Oh, news item just happened.’ Really? I haven’t seen you in four months. How about we have a conversation? I didn’t even notice it because I thought, ‘Oh, wow, that’s important news.’ But was it? Really? I mean I would have found out that news in just a few minutes. Is that news going to affect us somehow or another? Do we need to know exactly what’s happening? I understand we’re in the news business, so yes, we do. But I’m asking you: When you find out, oh, the guy from the V.A. just apologized. Is that something that you need to know right now? Are you going to affect that somehow or another? Does Washington affect you somehow or another? We’re watching the Kardashians, not all of us, thank God.

This is a historic studio. This is where they made JFK and portions of Forrest Gump. All the Barneys were done here. Prison Break was filmed here. Robocop was filmed here. Silkwood was filmed here. These are historic studios. But these studios fell into disrepair, and they just went dark. I really just think they just went dark. This was a bad building when we first came into it. You could feel it. The people were miserable here. It was bad. And we have spent now the last year… trying to get the bad karma out of this building and change the way it feels and the way we relate to each other. And it has been quite a journey.

Yesterday, the [Rabbi Kula] walks in and, I mean, most rabbis that I know, they live in their head. Israel means ‘to wrestle with God.’ That’s what the translation is. ‘One who wrestles with God.’ And so most rabbis that I know, they live in their head, and they wrestle with God, and they’re just these giant brains. I have met – on very rare occasion – one that lives in the head and the heart… And he walked in here and he said, ‘Boy, there is something happening here.’ I said, ‘Yes, there is, Rabbi.’ And we started to talk and he never talked about my community. He talked about his community. And he said, ‘Let me take the beam out of my own eye before I worry about the speck in somebody else’s.’ He said, ‘There’s so much hate in my community.’ Now, he’s assuming – and I’m going to assume that you are doing the same – as I relate this story, that you’re now thinking about the hate in our community. But he said, ‘There is so much hate in my community. And it’s becoming unreasonable. And it’s because we’re lying to each other. We are lying about everything. We’re lying about our lives. We’re lying about the future. And we’re all afraid. And we’re lying that we’re not afraid. You watch news and they’re lying to you about what’s happening in Washington. They’re lying to you about what’s happening with the banks. They’re lying to you. And we’re starting to separate from each other.’ And he put his head in his hands and the man wept.

We have to love each other. I want to read something we put up on this chalkboard. We have this giant hallway in this studio. It’s a four-story atrium in the middle of the studio and this hallway. This is probably 20 feet tall and 40 feet long. It’s chalkboard on the side. And I wanted to show you what I wrote on this. And this is for my staff to read:

I believe the world doesn’t have to suck. But for that to be true, we have to be our better selves. We must empower, forgive, lift, enlighten, hope, dream, create, and above all, love. Most people will laugh at this idea. Let them. We won’t notice it because we’ll be busy changing the world. So to all those who visit here, welcome and join us. To the rest of the world, we may appear as mad men. We actually like it that way because they’ll never see us coming.

That is a message that I gave my staff and that is a message that I give you today. Religion has been so corrupted. Religion has gone so dead and cold. Religion has become about rules and not about love. It has been about making money and building bigger churches and rock bands or whatever it is, and not about service.

I remember when I said to my wife, ‘Will you marry me?’ And she said, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘Okay, that’s not the actual answer I was looking for. How come?’ And she said, ‘Because we don’t have God in common.’ And I said, ‘Honey, I believe in God deeply. I just don’t go to church because I don’t believe in church.’ And she said, ‘We’re not going to get married unless we go to church.’ And I said, ‘You got to be kidding me. You come over to my house on Sunday. I have gotten up and I’ve just watched like The Sopranos on HBO and I’m in a perfectly good mood. I’m good. You, on the other hand, have gone to church. And so now you come over and you spend the first 20 minutes talking to me about how everybody was honking their horns. How everybody — somebody flipped you off while you were trying to get out of the parking lot. How people only went for 45 minutes and as soon as they had the sacrament, they were gone. Why would I want to go there? I’m great watching The Sopranos. Why would I want to go to that?’ We hadn’t found what they were looking for.

But I challenge you. I’m not talking about religion. I’m talking about finding something that fills that hole that doesn’t come from man. I don’t care what it is, but find something that is bigger than you. The reason why our kids are cutting themselves, the reason why our kids are shooting, the reason why these video games are dangerous is because it aids in the going dead inside. It speeds the process up. There is nothing our kids are shocked by. Nothing.

Do you remember how frightened you were of some things when you were little? Our kids have seen it all. They have seen murders. They have seen rapes. They have seen bloody, dead bodies. They have seen it all. So there’s nothing that shocks them and on top of it, there’s nothing sacred. There’s no reason to be reverent for anything or anybody. Tell me the things you believe in. Tell me the things that are bigger than you. Tell me the things you think your kids have reverence for. Go into our churches. There’s no quiet space. If it’s quiet, it’s because everybody is on their cell phones or their iPads and they’re texting. The only reason why it’s quiet is because they’re living in the cyber world. What is it that fills that?

I challenge you to find something that fills that. That’s real. That you’re not going to lose if the economy goes down. That will make you stronger if you lose your job. Not weaker. Something that you cannot lose, something that is a lighthouse. It’s a polar star. What is it for you?

And then I challenge you to start looking for people that make you uncomfortable. I’ve had a conversation with Montel Williams this week that was necessarily uncomfortable for him. I’ve had a Rabbi from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. That wasn’t comfortable. We have to start reaching out to people and the best thing about this audience is we have always tried to push and prod and poke and in a safe place make you uncomfortable – just be true. Just be honest. Not ever saying what I think you want to hear. But saying what I believe.

You have this amazing elastic mind that most audiences don’t have. You go and look at an NBC audience and they do not have the ability to think out of the box. They don’t have the ability to go into an uncomfortable place. And that’s the same with most audiences, left or right. You’re different. Go find and seek those people because I’m telling you, we need to tie each other together. We need to rope each other together. And we need to find our polar star, so we can lead people out of the darkness.

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. – Mark 11:25

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Earlier this week, 22-year veteran and television personality Montel Williams made headlines for an emotional speech he gave about the ongoing VA scandal during a Memorial Day picnic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On Wednesday’s radio program, Glenn praised Williams’ willingness to speak so frankly about the issue and said he is “exactly right.”

Watch Williams’ Memorial Day speech below:

“If you saw me in the speech – I don’t think people understand why I feel this way,” Williams told Glenn while holding back tears. “I visit our guys at Walter Reed, Bethesda. I cook for our guys around the country. I cook for their family members, for the people who serve them.”

“I’m walking the walk my friend. And right now I am so offended and disgusted by what we are doing as a nation to the guys who let us live this democracy we have.”

TheBlaze.com was among the first and only media outlets to post Williams’ speech, and he subsequently penned an op-ed for the the site detailing the extent of the problem and offering a few solutions. He has come under serious fire from many on the left for associating with Glenn and TheBlaze.

While Glenn and Williams certainly do not align on much politically, the treatment of our veterans is a topic in which they see eye-to-eye. Glenn invited Williams to join him on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, and Williams passionately explained that he is simply looking for an outlet from which he can draw attention to the deplorable conditions our servicemen and women are arriving home to. Furthermore, he offered a substantiate, straight forward solutions that can – at the very least – begin to solve the problem and allow the American people to repay their debt to our veterans.

In the interview, an emotional Williams said that President Obama could order a surge over the next 90 days simply by issuing an order as Commander-in-Chief. If the different service branches brough soldiers in the reserves back into service on temporary active duty, they could man military hospitals and clear out the backlog in 90 days.

“Why do we need to do it with military personnel? Hear me, please understand, our soldiers are in pain and right now you can’t send a person who doesn’t understand how to speak the speak to a soldier, to understand and get him to open up unless it’s another soldier. So why don’t we employ the ones who are out of work right now?,” Williams said.

“Direct each branch of the service to do this today – 90 days from now we’ll have a backlog cleared up and we’ll understand what the baseline is for what we now have to commit to, to pay for and to take care of our obligation and our debt to our soldiers.”

Williams, clearly getting choked up, said it was on the American people to fix this issue.

“It’s not the President, it’s not Congress, it’s not the Senate. It’s We The People owe this debt. You had a barbecue on Sunday? You did so on the backs of young people who can’t be treated. How dare you. Pay your debt.”

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