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Sgt. Dakota Meyer on Guns, Goals & American Values

by G&A Online Editors   |  May 27th, 2014 14

palin_meyer_atv2We have national holidays for honoring our active military and veterans, but every single day is a good time to honor the men and women who serve the United States of America. It’s important to teach the value of our Armed Forces to the American youth, and those who fight to preserve American freedoms are excellent role models that can teach us valuable lessons in respect, responsibility and commitment.

G&A had the prestigious opportunity to visit with Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who is the first living Marine in 41 years to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

His issuance of the medal comes after a firefight in Eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009, when Sgt. Meyer repeatedly evacuated members of his embedded training team and Afghan soldiers while sustaining shrapnel wounds. Sgt. Meyer’s bravery was truly heroic, as were the men who served by his side and also lost their lives during the conflict.

Sgt. Meyer will also be honored on the season finale of Amazing America with Sarah Palin on the Sportsman Channel. During the filming of the show in Wasilla, Alaska, G&A joined Sgt. Meyer and Gov. Palin for a behind-the-scenes interview, exclusive to G&

Gov. Sarah Palin: Now that you’re out of active duty, what are your short- and long-term goals?
Sgt. Dakota Meyer: I really just want to make a difference. My short-term goal is to try and establish a platform to work with veterans issues right now. My long-term goal is to hopefully make a difference in the world and to continue spreading the American values that I fought for.

Gov. SP: While you were serving our country, what was your favorite or most valuable experience?
Sgt. DM: I have so many valuable experiences from serving in the military, from the travel to the people that I met. I would say the most valuable experience that I got out of the military was standing next to people who came from different ways of life, with different backgrounds and all of us uniting together for one cause and one belief, and that’s America. We were all willing to lay down our lives for each other and for the same thought of preserving our country and our freedom.

Gov. SP: What’s some advice or encouragement you can give to young men and women who are considering enlisting?
Sgt. DM: Make sure it’s your decision and make sure you’re doing it because you want to and because you love your country and you want to make a sacrifice because that’s what it’s about. It’s going to be a gut check every day. At the end of the day when you get in there the hard days come along, you’ve got to be able to dig down in your heart and know that you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Gov. SP: What can Americans do to show our support for the Armed forces and Veterans?
Sgt. DM: Embrace these men and women coming back and understand the value of what they just did. Every thing you do, every single day you’re a free person and have the ability to come and go as you please at your own will — that’s because of the sacrifices of what these men and women fight for. Realize that they don’t want a hand out — none of us do — but we do want the respect that was earned for the sacrifices that were made. I look at the employment aspect, and how we should hire veterans and give them a place they can be successful.

Gov. SP: You grew up in the outdoors and value the traditions of American sportsmen. What can we do to get others involved in the hunting, shooting and the outdoor lifestyle?
Sgt. DM: Start it from youth and get kids involved in the lifestyle from a young age. The outdoors teach you values for the land, and responsibility and respect for places like Alaska. If you start with the youth, it will start spreading through to others just like it did for you and I. I also think all the influential people, whether they’re baseball players, football players, politicians or whoever it is need to be held accountable for what they do. They need to understand they’re leaders and role models for those who are watching them and mimicking the things they do. We need to develop a culture that holds role models accountable for what they do.

Gov. SP: How can we get more people involved in firearms and to realize shooting them is a safe and healthy sport?
Sgt. DM: I think it’s education. The problem now is there are too many people who go off of what they see from the negativity they see from the mainstream media. Once you start teaching people about what firearms are, you’ll start seeing a positive movement.

Gov. SP: What was the first gun you ever fired and when?
Sgt. DM: I grew up shooting guns on my dad’s farm. I don’t really remember my first firearm, but I’ve had a lot of guns my whole life and they’ve been around ever since I grew up.

Gov. SP: Do you continue to train with firearms? If so, how?
Sgt. DM: I still continue to train. I carry a gun on me everywhere I go. I’d say 95% of the time and most of the places I go I carry a gun. It’s a safety issue and it’s for protection of myself and others. I carried one in Afghanistan so I should be able to carry one here.

Gov. SP: What’s the most heroic thing anyone has ever done for you?
Sgt. DM: The word hero is just such a thrown-out-there word. We call athletes heroes, but the real heroes are the men and women who are still fighting for our freedom every day.

  • happymullah

    I salute you, Dakota Meyer! Let more kids learn about you and emulate you. You are the great hope of America! Thanks to Sarah Palin for Amazing America in promoting the lifestyle of the great outdoors and thanks to Guns and Ammo for the interview and the magnificent photos.

    • WinchesteMan

      I too salute Sarah Palin and Dakota Meyer for their courage to try and make a positive difference in this world! You both have my respect and admiration!!

  • Ardiva

    By her questioning, Sarah still has a large affinity with guns, none of which she knows how to shoot very well.

    Dakota, bless you for serving!

    • Reloader Fred

      If you’re referring to the shots she missed at the caribou, that rifle struck a rock when her father fell in the brush and knocked the scope out of alignment. She actually knows how to shoot very well. If you had watched the outtakes, that would have been explained by both her and her father.

  • Arcturus

    What does the “Gov” stand for in front of Palin’s name?

    • Reloader Fred

      She is the past governor of the state of Alaska. “Gov” is an abbreviation of that title.

      • Fieldkorn

        Because she elected not to run and was not defeated she still has the right to include the title “Governor.”

        • John

          My God, that is a real stretch when she resigned before completing her term amidst contraversy and scandal.

          • Guest

            Sarah Palin served 32 out of 48 months the same percentage that Obama served of his Senate term (not including the two-year break he spent campaigning) and accomplished everything she set out to do in that time.

            After Sarah Palin accepted John McCain’s offer to run for vice president and became the left’s (media) most attacked and vilified person she returned to Alaska to find a never-ending assault of frivolous ethics complaints paralyzing her ability to govern the state.

            She resigned because she recognized the cost that the frivolous ethics complaints were having on her state , and she saw how much of her staff’s time and her own time were forced to deal with those issues.

            That entire campaign of BS lawsuits was meant to do nothing but hamstring the governor’s office and bankrupt Sarah Palin.

            She saw that if she stayed on as Governor it would continue to cost the state millions of dollars in wasted time and resources to defend against false and maliciously ethics complaints and doom it to gridlock.

            Those frivolous lawsuits had already cost the state of AK close to $2 million; Sarah Palin had over $500,000 dollars in legal fees.


            These lawsuits were filed by activists whose goal was to bog down her administration with lawsuits and paperworks & to bankrupt her middle class family. Sarah Palin was responsible for her own legal fees due to the ethic laws at the time. She & her staff were spending 80% of their time defending lawsuits & dealing with FOIA requests. No sooner would one lawsuit go away then another was filed.

            Sarah Palin knew that for the sake of her state it would be best if she stepped aside from the governorship. She resigned so the state could move forward.

            In an article Sarah Palin said:

            “I said, ‘Enough. Political adversaries and their political friends in the media will not destroy my State, my administration, nor my family. Enough.’ I knew if I didn’t play their game any longer, they could not win. I would not retreat, I would instead reload, and I would fight for what is right from a different plane.”

            She promised to keep the frivolous anti-Palin law suits away from the Alaskan people and to be more effective on the stump ( supporting candidates , fundraising, etc)

            Sarah Palin was truthful on both accounts!

            She was the catalyst for the takeover of the House , twice as many Governships and lopsided Gop Statehouses with her endorsements and rallies all over the country during the 2010 election. Sarah Palin also had a very strong hand in the party’s few successes during the 2012 and 2014 election.

        • Josh Ostrander

          That’s not why. Even if she had been defeated in an election, she still keeps that title as an honor for serving. (Ex. George H.W. Bush. He was defeated in an election but retains the title President)

  • Will Plan

    “Congressional” is not officially in the title of the “Medal of Honor”. Editors do your homework.

    • Fieldkorn

      Yeah, I winced when I read that also Will Plan… Just like when they call Medal of Honor people “winners” instead of “recipients.”

  • Pointman

    Just wondering why people that should know better still use the word “congressional”, when speaking about the Medal of Honor. It is not the Congressional Medal of Honor, but rather, the Medal of Honor. Congress has absolutely nothing to do with nominating, authorizing, or awarding the highest decoration to our military. Sergeant Meyer is an American hero, although he will downplay what he did. Do not belittle our heroes by attaching the word congress to what they receive. Semper Fi, Sarge!!

  • 101nomad

    If Sarah Palin shot her gun straight up she would hit me between the eyes.

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