'Closest Thing to What We Actually Do': Veteran Combat Medic Praises 'Hacksaw Ridge'

A veteran combat medic named Ryan called in to Glenn's radio program Tuesday to share his thoughts on the new war movie, Hacksaw Ridge.

"This to me was the closest thing to what we actually do in the heart of battle of any movie I've ever seen," he said.

He went on to describe his feelings on his service to our country.

"There are some things that I don't talk about in this day," Ryan said. "There's things you see, there's things you do that you're proud of, but you're not proud of at the time."

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GLENN: Let me go to Ryan in Ohio. Hello, Ryan, you're on the Glenn Beck Program.

CALLER: I was just -- how are you doing?

I just wanted to call in and let you guys know that as an active duty combat veteran -- I was actually a combat medic, and I thought Hacksaw Ridge was absolutely just phenomenal. We're one of the most underappreciated MOSes in the military, and we don't get a lot of recognition. A lot of the combat, action MOSes do, but the combat medics don't. And I thought it was great to see a movie where they could show somebody with the infantry, with somebody in the crap like that, and be as selfless as we are. And I just thought it was absolutely phenomenal show of human spirit and the way people can really care about other people.

GLENN: Did you know about this guy, Ryan, before the movie?

CALLER: I do. As a combat medic, when you go through combat medic school in eastern Texas, part of the thing is they have a combat medical team there. Pretty much everybody goes to it. We go in. They give everything. And in combat medical, they actually teach you about Desmond Doss and the sacrifices that he gave to help others. And it basically is the embodiment of what every combat medic should be. The person who is there with the infantry. You're there. You're their moral support. And you're also their heart and soul. Without you, you know, everybody else there wouldn't be able to do their job if someone got hurt.

So I just really -- it really touched me. I actually kind of cried during the movie just because it kind of took me back to being over there.

GLENN: So when I talked to Mel Gibson, he said he toned some of the things down that Dawson did because he said they're really, truly unbelievable. And what he does in the movie is unbelievable. But he said, if we did everything he had done, he said, nobody would believe it. But one of the things we talked about was, I thought this was the most real prediction -- or, depiction of war that I've ever seen. Is that what it's like?

CALLER: To an extent. As close as you're going to get in a movie without being there. There are some things that I don't talk about in this day. Even my fiancé kind of gets a little bit upset because there's things that you just don't talk about. There's things you see, there's things you do that you're proud of, but you're not proud of at the time.

JEFFY: I know, right.

CALLER: And this to me was the closest thing to what we actually do in the heart of battle of any movie I've ever seen.

GLENN: Thank you very much. Thanks for your service, Ryan. I appreciate it. God bless.

PAT: Giving Jeffy flashbacks from the island of Spice.

JEFFY: I can't see it. If it's too real, it's going to bring back memories.

STU: I don't think you've even traveled overseas, let alone fought in a war.

GLENN: I'm not sure if you've even seen a war movie.

JEFFY: It's too real, Glenn. I can't see it.

GLENN: I know. You're such a hero.

JEFFY: I don't profess to be a hero.

PAT: Just doing your job.

GLENN: Yeah, right. Okay. In the big one, right?

JEFFY: Island of Spice.

PAT: It was Grenada.

GLENN: Yeah, Grenada. The big one.

PAT: The really big one.

JEFFY: Stopped communism dead in its tracks.

GLENN: Dead in its tracks. Yeah, yeah. Where you there for the Falklands too?

PAT: That was French.

JEFFY: You know, you sound like you're making fun.

GLENN: No, I'm not making fun -- not you, Jeffy. Not you. Wouldn't do it. Wouldn't do it. Not with the hero metals that you surely own.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.