Skip to comments.Call from a Real Live Hero
Posted on 01/10/2013 5:25:44 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: I want to go to Apple Valley, California. Larry, are you there? Great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. I'm honored that you took my call.
RUSH: Well, it says up here that you're a former SEAL, and I'm honored that you're in the audience and that you called.
CALLER: Well, I wanted to tell you a couple things, if I may.
CALLER: I won't waste any of your time. After losing my right leg and part of my right arm and fingers and disfigured on my face, I come to a country that, after lying in a bed at Walter Reed, I'm lying there, and I'm listening to the gentleman who was next to me. He was a lieutenant in the Army. He was all screwed up, too.
RUSH: When was this, Larry? When did this happen?
CALLER: Seven months ago.
RUSH: Seven months ago. Oh, wow. Okay.
CALLER: I did four tours in Iraq, four tours in Afghanistan.
RUSH: When did you suffer your injuries?
CALLER: About eight months ago.
CALLER: I was in Ramstein in Germany for three weeks, and then Walter Reed, and now I've been transferred out here closer to where my father lives in San Diego for rehabilitation.
RUSH: Are you still in a medical facility or are you living with family?
CALLER: I'm with my dad, and he does the best he can. You know, I can't drive or anything now. There's a lot of new things I have to learn, but the reason for my call today wasn't to whine about my issues. When I came back from that part of the world and trying to do the right thing and honor my commitment... I took the same oath of office as this president took, and apparently only one of us got it.
I was next to many, many, many wonderful young men, certainly younger than me. I'm 33 years old. The only thing I've ever known as work in my life has been the Marine Corps and being a SEAL, and I thank God I had the opportunity to do so. But as you come out of this and you come out of all the medications they have in you, what they can't stop is the feeling that you are a different person now. A lot of things in your life have to change now.
And when I read papers and I listen to you on the radio... It wasn't even my radio. It was my fellow ward person's radio, and I asked him to turn it up so I could hear it every day, and I'm listening to you talk. And while I was giving up, you were propping me up, that there's somebody still left in this country who gives a damn. And for your work which you've been doing for so many years -- you call it "informing the uninformed."
There has to be something else that happens, Mr. Limbaugh, that will make people understand these issues. Why have elections if the only thing that people are going there for is themselves? They're not there to represent constituents. They're there to represent themselves. Get a seat on a committee and maybe you'll get to be a vice-chairman or a chairman. Until there are term limits put in place to where these people can't sit there for year after year after year...
Where he comes out of a congressional district and the people can hold him absolutely accountable and have a recall opportunity like they did on the governor of Wisconsin. If they're not doing what the people want 'em to do, yank their asses out of there. And guess what? A lot of the things that you talk about every single day could be solved. As soon as the Nancy Pelosis and the Harry Reids -- and it isn't only them.
There are so many quiet ones like you were talking about earlier today, the Republicans who call themselves Republicans who are so weak they probably can't even spell "Republican." They don't know about the values of the Republican Party; they don't know what conservatism is. I know. I took an oath of office. I understood what morality means. I understand more than that, Mr. Limbaugh. I understand honor.
And, sir, you have a lot of honor for what you do. And I can tell you, in Washington and out here near San Diego where Apple Valley is, I listen to you every day. I listened to you before, and I don't think I completely got it. But I get it now. But you were there with me every day, every step of the way, and made me think about something other than myself. And for that, sir, I'll tell you: You are my hero.
RUSH: Let me first thank you. I profoundly appreciate what you're saying, but I think the truth is that the reason that I still do this -- and everybody else that's still committed to doing whatever it is they do that's oriented toward the same thing does it -- is because there are people like you in the country still. I don't know that we've reached the tipping point. Of the people who vote, we appear to have reached the tipping point.
But we can maybe change the universe of people who vote. But it really is 'cause of people like you that I thank God for this country, not people like me. This isn't anything. I'm sitting here talking for three hours. Look at you. I know we all have our roles, but still. You have every reason in the world to be ticked off and check out and be one of these people that thought only about yourself, but you obviously are not doing that.
CALLER: Well, sir, I'm not willing to do it. (laughs)
RUSH: (laughs) And thanks to you, now I'm going to have to work and study and enroll back in school, and by God, I'm gonna try to make it.
RUSH: Well, hang on just a second. We have to take a break here. I'm really up against the clock. Just don't hang up. We'll be back here in just a second.
RUSH: That was Larry from Apple Valley, California. Where else, ladies and gentlemen, can you hear from real life heroes on the phone? You know, in the long-time past, Hollywood would be making movies about guys like Larry. Guys like Larry would be the kind of hero that kids would be reading about in school, the kind of heroes kids would learn about in movies. And, of course, you know, the media is not covering the wars anymore. Obama ended the wars. "Oh, yeah, those are Bush's wars!" They're not covering them anymore. The body counts have stopped and all that.
But thank God for people like him in the country.
Thank God we still have people like that.
Thank God we have people like that in this country.
Dang, I remember that intro. I put my headset down at work and missed the whole segment. Glad you posted it.
His voice made him seem a lot older than mid thirties. A Hero for sure! Wish Rush would have given him some Apple products!
I heard that call and was deeply effected as I’m sure Rush was and I’ll say it now “Rush ain’t done with him”. We may not hear about it but I suspect Rush has found a personal cause.
Knowing Rush he’s going to do far more than that.
He mentioned disfigurement to his face. That may be impacting his breathing. God bless him!
I listened to the call and as a veteran it broke my heart. He is a true hero.
thanks Kaslin again. Gotten so I check to see if its one of your threads before I click it. I know if its yours, the data is there...
“I listened to the call and as a veteran it broke my heart. He is a true hero.”
Thanks for sharing the transcript. It brings home the saying that “so many owe so much to the very few.” Here is this young man at 33 and just when he should be in the prime of his life, his trying to put his back together after nearly giving it up for the rest of us. Truly brings a tear!
I can’t stop thinking about that call, and I have teared up again. Rush asked him to stay on the line. We’ll never know it, but I think Rush will be helping him and his father. According to Mark Levin and others, Rush quietly helps many people financially and stays personally involved with them.
I’m a member of Rush 24/7 and was able to watch Rush during this particular call. Literally half way through the conversation he was wiping tears from his eyes. It was extremely emotional to see his reaction.
“The only thing I’ve ever known as work in my life has been the Marine Corps and being a SEAL,”
I don’t want to take anything away from this, but that statement raises a red flag with me. Maybe he was in the Marines and transferred over, but I’m sure everyone knows the SEALS are Navy. There are a lot more people who claim to have been SEALS than there are actually people who were SEALS.
Tell that to Corpsmen
Gonna have to ask 0bama ... he is the Expert
I’m retired Navy; I know all about FMF corpsmen. I don’t have a clue what that has to do with my post. Do you think FMF corpsmen are Marines or what? Do you think SEALS think they’re in the Marines? I don’t understand your point.
I have 28 years in Uniform... 13 in the Navy, 5 in the National Guard and 10 in the Army
I heard nothing that even hinted at anything that sounded disingenuous.
What? You think you join (One) Branch of Service and that is it?
Recruiters from all Branches actively Recruited me even when I was Active Duty when it came close to my hitch being up.
Really wish I would have taken the offer from the Airforce to be a Weather Guesser ... OHHH to be young again
just in case you want to get snippety
Thanks for the report. I was wiping tears from my eyes listening to him.
I thought the same when I read this.
I thought the same when I read this.
“I heard nothing that even hinted at anything that sounded disingenuous.”
Okay, I understand that. But I did. I have heard way too many people claim to be SEALS who weren’t. A guy calls into a radio show claiming to be a SEAL and makes a comment about being a Marine raises my suspicions. I did, however, make the comment in my original post that he could have transferred services (or he may have completed his enlistment in the Marines and then went Navy).
I live in Apple Valley, CA. It is a good couple of hours north of San Diego. Unless there is another Apple Valley. I’ve got to say “What the you know what?”
He didn’t even need to complete an enlistment to go SEAL .. and if he was an Officer he could just get Transferred ... or if he was in OTC he may not even have had a choice, you start out as Marine or Navy and they just assign you the Branch where the billet is ... it’s just paperwork.
As much as Marines hate to admit it ... we Squids are joined at the hip with the USMC. We serve together.
It is a bit (but not much) more difficult going from Navy to Army or Air Force. Dang near impossible to go from Navy or Army to Coast Guard (I tried). Again it’s just paperwork.
It really depends on how creative or resourceful the Recruiter is. JMHO
I have heard a lot of people claim that they were a “Marine” too.
Yes. We used to live in SoCal. Isn’t Apple Valley up near Barstow? I believe he said he lived NEAR his father. And the Marines with the SEAL claim made me think. My son is a Marine. But I just wondered if he was a bit confused. He did sound like he had had a very rough time.
I hope Rush talks to him again, I did not get to listen today.
Great post, Thanks.
“You know, in the long-time past, Hollywood would be making movies about guys like Larry. Guys like Larry would be the kind of hero that kids would be reading about in school, the kind of heroes kids would learn about in movies. “
Yes-—we replaced the Horatio Alger books with “Wimpy Kid” books to warp and damage Virtue in children—those Virtues used to be instilled by Classical education and the Bible-— which created the greatest country ever. The curricula is banned from public schools since the 50’s.
There is now a Marine Special Operations Command, but in the past it was not uncommon for Marines to leave the USMC and go Navy specifically to take the selection course for Navy SEALs. You would have to pass the SEALS selection course. If you fail, you still have to complete your Navy enlistment.