'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.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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