'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."

Listen above or read the transcript below for more.

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.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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