Marine Takes Great Strides to Honor Friends

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," July 7, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO, GUEST HOST: People around the world today are remembering Michael Jackson. Family, friends and entertainers gathered with emotional fans to mourn the King of Pop. He was quite an entertainer and he will be missed.

Now for some perspectives, at least 13 service members have died in Afghanistan since Michael Jackson's death on June 25. One of those killed was Army Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw of Steilacoom, Washington. He was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, but you probably never heard of him.

That's because, as his aunt wrote in a "Washington Post" letter to the editor recently, quote, "Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?"

She described her nephew as having, quote, "old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic, and that actions counted more than talk." Brian Bradshaw was 24 years old. His family buried him yesterday.

Another young man who possesses those qualities, Keith Zeier, a Marine whose service ended early due to injuries he received in combat, but has not forgotten his fallen brothers. Glenn recently sat down with Keith. Take a look.


GLENN BECK, HOST: Keith Zeier served in the Marines, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq when an IED cut short his military career. Doctors told him he would have to use a cane for the rest of his life.

But he was determined he wasn't going to do it. Not only did Keith learn to walk again on his own, but he just completed 100-mile marathon in just over 30 hours where he raised more than $50,000 for Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a great foundation.

With me now is Keith Zeier. Keith, thank you for your service, sir.


BECK: Tell me what happened. Tell me about your injuries?

ZEIER: My injury on July 17, 2006 — my vehicle was struck by an IED, and I was in the turret and shrapnel ripped through the muscles and nerves in my left leg. And I suffered a head injury with loss of consciousness.

I had three surgeries in Iraq to stabilize me. And then I left Iraq to go to Landstuhl, Germany and spent a few months in Bethesda Naval Hospital where my leg got infected and I had another surgery and all.

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BECK: Now, you don't have any feeling in your leg?

ZEIER: No, I have no feeling from my knee to my hip at all. And yes, so there's no feeling at all.

BECK: And they also said — I mean, you had severe brain trauma or traumatic —

ZEIER: Yes. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, also with some hearing loss in both ears.

BECK: First of all, thank you for everything.

ZEIER: Thank you very much.

BECK: And I know there are a lot of people like you. When you went out and they told you that you were going to walk with a cane for the rest of your life, what was it in you that made you say no?

ZEIER: Just my life, I've never like quit on anything. And I always the one to push myself. And you know, I was -kind of like took the whole thing with a grain of salt. They were like, you know, expect that you won't, but to me, you know, I'm going to push as far as I can. So through the recovery process, I just kept going on and on.

BECK: How grueling was the marathon?

ZEIER: The marathon itself was really bad. Just training for it, I'm still on heavy doses of narcotics for the pain. So from that and a combination of training up in Brooklyn, New York, and then going down to Key West where it was like 95 and humid, I threw up for a lot of the race.

I couldn't eat for like about 45 of 50 of the miles. And at mile 75, then I had to get an IV because I lost so much fluid. So after that, I had 25 miles to go. And I was like, I'm not going to the hospital. They wanted to take me to the hospital. But I was like, I'll drop dead before I quit this race.

BECK: That was the thing that stuck out to me that at mile 75, you were like - they gave you an IV.

ZEIER: Yes, they gave me an IV.

BECK: You were going to the hospital and you said, "Over my dead body."

ZEIER: Yes. I was like, I'll drop dead before it happened.

BECK: Tell me about the Warrior Foundation?

ZEIER: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full college scholarships and grants for the children of Special Operations personnel who died in combat or training mishaps as well as provide families immediate assistance to visit their loved ones at their bedside. So it is a great foundation.

BECK: It is. America, let me tell you something. I know the people involved in this. And what's really sad is, if I'm not mistaken, most of the foundation funds come from the military itself. The guys who are making squat, the guys like Keith that have just been in the military and went, "You know what, I've got to help out."

It would be great to be able to fully fund this without any of the guys who actually did all the work having to put in their own money. But it's a great opportunity to help actually support - you know, everybody says, "Oh, I support our troops." This is a way to actually support our troops. Tell me about this thing we're doing with the FOX Nation.

ZEIER: Yes, the FOX Nation was generous enough to put five percent of each proceeds from whether a T-shirt, hat, all the merchandise that sold on FOX Nation and those proceeds will go directly to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

BECK: So if you need some incentive other than just doing the right thing, go to and buy anything on the site, and five percent goes. That's great.

Keith, thank you for your service.

ZEIER: Thank you very much.

BECK: I appreciate it.


NAPOLITANO: Keith is an American hero.

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