The Guardian Broadcast

"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."

A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.


"Memorial Day – Honoring Veterans and Exposing the Horrors of War"


In honor of Memorial Day and Veterans everywhere, I take a look into some utterly riveting readings from World War II memoirs from various perspectives. I also share my own personal encounter with a Vietnam Veteran who received the Medal of Honor.

The Guardian BroadcastPatrick Kilchermann
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Welcome to the Guardian Broadcast, Memorial Day edition, 2016. I’m your host and founder of the Concealed Carry University, Patrick Kilchermann. 

This episode is being introduced by a beautifully sung version of an already beautiful song: [Travelin’ Soldier, originally written and recorded by Bruce Robison, 1996 - best known when performed by The Chicks, formerly Dixie Chicks, in 2002]. It’s a song about one of the 41,995 young men who lost their lives fighting in Vietnam. 

The song is being sung by a young woman by the name of Amber Ethington, a person I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about, as I believe she’s bound to be one of greatest concealed carry educators of the next generation, specifically for coaching her fellow women Guardians. 

This week’s Guardian Broadcast is going to feature three readings from memoirs that I’ve selected. I’ve chosen them because they offer a moving glimpse of the reality and brutality of combat – things that our nation’s veterans have endured and experienced. These readings come from all over the world, and help to show that war and combat is essentially universal. 

Before I begin, I want to share a very short story that I feel represents well the type of person who is the American Veteran. 

A few years ago, maybe in 2010 or 2011, I was in Las Vegas for the SHOT Show. At that time, I was a Vice President with the USCCA, and I was treating my staff to a nice steak dinner. This restaurant was packed with people, and as we left, it was like a river of traffic pushing the crowd out of the restaurant. As the crowd moved outward, my staff was all behind me, and I noticed that a middle aged man was holding the door open for the crowd. The way everyone ignored him, I assumed he must be some low-paid employee of the steak house. 

Well, as I’m getting essentially pushed out the door by this crowd, my eye caught sight of something barely visible beneath the jacket that it was tucked into: a tiny sliver of blue ribbon around this man’s neck, and at the bottom of this ribbon, a tiny bronze colored eagle sitting on top of a 5-pointed star. My eyes about popped out of my head, and I was immediately choked up. I shouted over the crowd: “SIR, IS THAT A MEDAL OF HONOR???” It was all I could get out.

All he did was nod his head at me slowly, with a sad look on his face, as the crowd pushed me past him. I shouted: “Oh my God, thank you!” By then I was a mess from the sight of this man holding the door open for us. We should have parted like the red sea to let him in, and he should have been given the best table. But instead, I swear I was the only person to not only notice this medal, but to even notice this man at all. 

I understand that everyone was just trying to clear the lobby, and not many people would probably make a point to study what the people around them are and aren’t wearing. But not only is a brush with one of the 250 some-odd Medal of Honor recipients from Vietnam, who knows few are still alive, is something I’ll never forget…. But the image of this man going completely unnoticed, who had already given so much in service to his country, now humbly holding a door open for a bunch of out of shape civilians is, to me, a tragic representation of the treatment our service members often receive. 

Okay. Let me begin....

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