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Tonight the cost of war.
Keeping America safe from terrorists has come at a huge price for -- many Americans.
More than 40000 American troops to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wounded in battle.
And all of those more than 11100.
Have endured amputations.
Today Bill O'Reilly visited with some of these American heroes at the Walter Reed medical center.
And bill now joins us by phone.
O'Reilly I'm so glad that you -- there today had a great privilege of doing the same thing and it's it's hard to do what it's so uplifting and I'd love to hear your thoughts about what you saw and what the troops told you.
All right well I.
You -- always it's -- only its emotional.
Go there and see.
Young men and women whose lives have been altered forever as number one.
Below you there yet you don't keep their spirits up -- blue and -- -- not win.
And we visited maybe a dozen.
The most severely wounded.
Soldiers and Marines.
And basically your message -- you -- forgotten.
That we remember and we've got to remember because of these.
If you -- military people are gonna have to be cared for for the rest of their lives so we.
I -- special forces guy will lost two legs of the norm -- -- was completely blind.
And this spirits are are terrific now committed to Walter -- people selected strong individuals -- city.
But you know to talk to them men and to hear how they got injured in.
What their sacrifices.
It's really humbling do you really is -- -- your own problems.
Away and missed every year I thought it was important that we go down and they they love Fox News in the military -- -- on -- though.
I talked to sergeant eleven.
Who losses Harmon and I actually talked to his father -- -- Anchorage Alaska on the fault.
And it -- a lot of these guys that that we have a connection to them Laura and I -- not gonna forget that.
And and that brings me tell you -- wanted to talk to you into the factor audience tonight.
Is -- I can't thank everybody enough for supporting.
The wounded warriors.
By -- stuff in the Christmas store and and so we're able to give an enormous amount of Marty.
Not only awarded warriors that opportunity to box and other charities -- -- That we have extended care.
For our military because -- government can only do so much.
And private concerns have to do a lot so what everybody's got -- side to billoreilly.com Christians or buy stuff you as you know all of remotely like it goes to -- And you know we were able to do a lot of good stuff 400000 dollars is -- the long.
A lot of that is gonna -- securities.
And bill I have gotten a present from -- and this is an early Christmas present from Bill O'Reilly.
But I got my American patriot police jacket.
And for that bill.
I'm sending I'm sending Walter -- folks over at Fisher -- Fisher house.
Great contribution from our show our radio show that.
I want to applaud everything you have done for your web -- it's been incredible I've talked to the guys that Walter Reed and Bethesda naval.
And thanks so much appreciate it and and I think it's just it's a wonderful thing that you did this Christmas I wanna thank you for -- You're welcome and we think you'll be very cold here in Washington today Laura so we we figured this Laura might -- a little chilly.
So -- so over the American patriots police.
Well that -- you look great -- it and and by the way Fisher house that you mentioned.
We give him 101000 dollars yes yesterday.
And because this again as extended care.
Not only for the wounded warriors with the family they're from all over the country and -- com.
To Walter Reed at stake here and we met so many little children today you know.
But it's great minutes and their pride they have pride and the -- I love the connection with the people because not all of us have the stated personal military connections.
They love the fact that and that we are with -- and and we support them on a percent now I have to ask you bill what happened last night on Letterman I only got to see the video clips.
But it's there there's new love right now and it.
I don't know you know he called the a blow hard and and -- I don't I don't -- that he loved people we gave and I.
I mean -- -- I don't wanna program obviously.
Located -- patriots are getting -- worthy endeavor and you know he did that.
I was -- for a long time.
And I think we got a point across.
In the audience -- can respond to them it's always a challenge.
But nobody walked off the steps.
-- -- -- -- -- Yeah I'd say I doubt that would have been the highlight if he walked off.
And you got to take it over with safer and the band I would've loved to have seen that but I don't Riley thanks so what you did today.
I have have a great weekend -- it right you take care.
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