Recently, a civilian wearing a military uniform, and wearing it improperly, was called out and caught on video, as we mentioned here at the Right Scoop.
Today, The Blaze has a follow-up story telling more about the man and what he says his reasons were for wearing the fraudulent uniform.
In an interview with local station KXTV, the man says, “I was just supporting my cousins and my family in the military. And to those who I upset and made mad, I do apologize.”
“I’d serve today,” said the man, Joseph Scott. “One phone call and I’d be gone.”
It sounds as if the man meant no disrespect. However, more responsible voices, including the recruiter who told Scott where to buy the uniform gear, should have informed him about wearing the uniform in public. And while one can certainly sympathize with Scott, it in no way suggests any wrongdoing on the part of the soldiers who called him out in the now-viral video of the confrontation. That uniform must be earned. Not everyone can make it. And as sad as it may make some civilians, not everyone is even going to have the chance to try.
One hopes that some lessons were learned by multiple parties in this incident. And of course, the fervor with which Scott supports his country and the military can be lauded, though it does not excuse his lying. What he needs, and hopefully can find, is a different and more honest way to show it.
And who knows, maybe there’s a beer summit coming in the near future. That would certainly make for a nice end to the story.