Timothy Michael Poe elicited sympathy from the America’s Got Talent judges, after telling viewers and the judges, that he had received a brain injury during the war in Afghanistan.
He said that he had been injured by a grenade, which led to him having a stuttering problem. He then sang the George Strait hit without stuttering, but that by itself doesn’t prove anything, since Mel Tillis had a stuttering problem, but it never affected his singing.
The Minnesota National Guard is denying Poe’s claim that he was injured by a grenade.
If it is true that Poe lied to gain sympathy from the American people and the judges, then he owes every American veteran that really sustained a war injury a huge apology.
His fate hasn’t been determined by NBC at the time this is being written. I am sure NBC is investigating the veracity of his war injury claim. If it turns out he is guilty of lying, then he should be taken off the show and his name should never be mentioned again on the show.
The old adage, innocent till proven guilty applies in his case, but right now the indicators are pointing toward his guilt, as NBC searches for the truth in Poe’s situation.
I don’t condone anyone purporting to be a military hero, when there are thousands that have sustained serious injuries or lost their lives in wartime.
That is why I am quick to mention that I was a postal clerk in Vietnam, because I don’t want anyone to get the impression I was an infantryman, because those are the real heroes. They are face to face with the enemy and see their fellow soldiers being shot by that enemy.
We can only imagine what infantrymen go through during a gun battle with the enemy.
I had a cousin who never served in wartime, who was trying to impress girls, by saying he served in Vietnam. Another cousin of mine made the ultimate sacrifice, when he was shot down, while piloting a helicopter in Vietnam. There is no doubt which cousin, that I have the most respect for.
Personally, I have zero tolerance for anyone lying about their military service, since it is a slap in the face to every American veteran who served their country, from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.