Sunday, June 10, 2012

"America's Got Talent" Singer Believed He Was Injured In War

America's Got Talent Singer Believed He Was Injured In Warfrom ap: A soldier-turned-TV contestant whose claims of being injured in battle were dismissed by military officials says he believed he was telling the truth, but he doesn't know what is real. Timothy Michael Poe appeared on Monday's episode of the NBC show "America's Got Talent," claiming he was injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2009, though Minnesota National Guard records don't support his claims. Poe, who now lives in Texas, cried in portions of an interview aired Friday on WFAA-TV in Dallas. He told the station he doesn't know why he "believed things that happened to me, and they might not have?" Poe won over the crowd and celebrity judges on the talent show with a moving story about how he blocked a grenade blast to save his buddies. He said the blast broke his back and left him with a brain injury. The National Guard has said military records show Poe wasn't injured in combat in Afghanistan, and he has been criticized — especially by veterans — since he made his injury claims. Poe also provided a photo to the NBC talent show of a soldier he passed off as himself, though the photo actually shows Staff Sgt. Norman Bone in Afghanistan in 2006. Bone said Friday that Poe's alleged lies disrespect all men and women who've served in the military, and he called Poe's actions "completely wrong." Poe's fiance, Carrie Morris, has said Poe accidentally submitted the photo because he was rushed. Poe has declined requests for interviews from the Associated Press.

2 comments:

gman said...

I’m sure Tim Poe is getting a lot of requests from reporters to comment further, regarding the picture, his “first time” performance in front of people, among other mysteries. Since he maintains he has a brain injury, I hope he can find the military records to substantiate it. Despite those claims, he same well, so I would have voted for him on those merits. I enjoy watching the show each week now that I can watch commercial free with Auto Hop on my PrimeTime Anytime recordings. Ever since a Dish co-worker told me about the feature, I have been watching more TV than I could with commercials, so I get more out of my subscription to Dish.

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