Tim Poe, America's Got Talent singer, lied about being injured in Afghanistan, says Minnesota National Guard

timpoe.jpg
Tim Poe on America's Got Talent.
It looks like America's Got Talent favorite Tim Poe is a bit of a con artist.

According to a statement issued by the Minnesota National Guard yesterday, Poe was not injured by a grenade while serving in Afghanistan in 2009 as the singer claimed on the popular TV show Monday night.

Poe indeed served as a supply specialist in the Minnesota Army National Guard from December 2002 until May 2011. His military records also indicate that he served with the Minnesota National Guard in Kosovo from October 2007 until July 2008, and that he was deployed to Afghanistan from July to August 2009. But he wasn't wounded in combat.

"Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports," reads the Minnesota National Guard's statement. "The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat."

Poe wowed America's Got Talent fans Monday night with a rendition of Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes." He told judges that he had survived a near-fatal grenade explosion in Afghanistan.

"It broke my back and gave me a brain injury," he said.

The Minnesota National Guard got wind of something fishy while routinely monitoring the Internet for mention of the military and the Minnesota National Guard.

"There are a number of blog posts that we monitor, and former soldiers who were in Sgt. Poe's unit felt that something wasn't quite right and weighed in via social media," says Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Olson.

 
My Voice Nation Help
38 comments
Gentry June
Gentry June

my co-worker's sister made $14187 past week. she gets paid on the computer and moved in a $426000 condo. All she did was get fortunate and follow the clues explained on this website lazycash42.c()m

Omicron69x
Omicron69x

To MIke. Everbody have the right to their opinion. That is why we join the military in the first place to defend and protect the American Way and all our liberties. But it is a shame that a person like you would disrespect the man and woman that serve. Only an ignorant would make the comments that you have made. First of all do your research, it is not the military that decide to invade a country it is our goverment. In other words it is the same man and woman that you and other idiots like you put in charge of us in the first place. Do you know that all the wars that the military had fought in the past and the present had always been politicaly motivated? Yes the Senators and other politics make it look like something patriotic but the reality is that it is politics that dictate who the "enemy" of the month is. It is a pity that some people feel that it is their right to lied about their service in the Arms Forces and about their injuries. This people have mental problems, and a huge ego to try to fake stories to grab attention for themselves. I chanllenge you Mike to join the military and try to fix our "problems" from the inside instead of vomiting garbage on the internet. It is easy to talk garbage when you do not know nothing. Like all great leaders says: "Do not bring a problem up if you do not have a solution" In other words intead of complaining bring solutions to the plate.

Lancaster Nellie
Lancaster Nellie

as Frances said I am dazzled that anyone able to get paid doller5846 in four weeks on the internet. have you read website lazycash42.c()m lazycash42.c()m lazycash42.c()m

Jason Rahall
Jason Rahall

 If the US was invaded and occupied, you think people who have firearms aren't going to try for a 2nd Amendment solution to the invaders? Remember the US is the invading army.

Ccotton568
Ccotton568

I have been on two deployments to iraq risking my life everyday, and for this LOOSER to get on national tv to boldly lie about this is a digrace to me and everyone that has served. What the dummy didn't know is that after each deployment it is stated on your DD214 where you have been and all of the awards that you received. I with everyone else.... KICK HIM OFF THE SHOW and make him pay back anything he has received.

Leonard Lawrenc
Leonard Lawrenc

my co-worker's sister made $14187 past week. she gets paid on the computer and moved in a $426000 condo. All she did was get fortunate and follow the clues explained on this website lazycash42.c()m

Naynay04271988
Naynay04271988

It hurts me to see such a lying pathetic man standing up there with this lie I was in the army active duty in fort hood Texas I got to see many of my fellow soilders come back with injurys like that it's no joke I attended many memorials of soilders killed by RPGs this man makes me sick

Mike
Mike

Thank you, the average empty headed American has spoken!

Mike
Mike

He just applied what he learned in 'army school'. He should get ten of those metal things, decorations?

Mike
Mike

 They're in it for name and fame and are cases with an inferiority complex which is being ventilated through killing and destruction. Your IQ (if you have one) must be one of the lowest:'they go abroad to kill, get back in a casket or injured and it's not their fault?, you must be kidding me' .That this Poe guy did what he did has everything to do with what is taught in 'army class': arrogance, self righteousness, superiority syndromes and more of this sht to low selfesteemers.

Julian
Julian

as Crystal implied I'm alarmed that some people can profit $9347 in 1 month on the computer. have you seen this website lazycash42.c()m lazycash42.c()m lazycash42.c()m

phuque2
phuque2

It's called "Stolen Valor" and it's perfectly legal according to the US Supreme court. Course that doesn't mean we can't express our feelings about it. That's protected by the US Supreme Court also. Someone needs to bitch slap this asshole.

Jeremy G
Jeremy G

I love how the thing mentioned above says:

"Tim Poe is a lying fake who played the vet card to gain entry into the competition".  Just showing up gains you entry

Also I don't give a shit about his story either way, it's a talent competition, not a morality or story competition. 

 

Iaminfidel
Iaminfidel

I know this guy and he could not be more full of crap. His very existence stands in complete opposition to all that we in the Gaurd represent. I do have to say that I was not surprised to see that he did this because this is the kind of person he is and I personally hope he fries for this.

Redwhtblu3
Redwhtblu3

I've listened to the video... he is a good singer, but he is not GREAT... the only reason people are saying he is GREAT is the emotional tie. The guy is the worst type of Soldier one who lies to cover up his short comings. If you didn't do it, don't brag about it. He wasn't even convincing enough to keep the stutter.... after he was done the host talked to him back stage and even the host said.. "Hey you didn't even notice.. you didn't stutter once just then" What a DICK!!! Funny though it was all over YAHOO that he made it but nothing yet so far as now he's busted.

Armywife61404
Armywife61404

I shed a tear for that mother fucker my husband is an actual disabled vet and i had lost a good friend in iraq...for him to go on tv and claim what he did he had disgraced the military and those before him and after him.

TJ Salka
TJ Salka

He didn't even sing that well. Granted, he had the guts to get on the stage, but to destroy that with a complete lie, is shameful. 

Dr. J
Dr. J

Out of curiousity is it possible that his lying is due to his service in Kosovo or something else?  I'm guessing lying like this might be tied to depression or ptsd.    I just wonder why a sane person would tell such an easily exposed lie on national television.   I remember reading a book called "The Westies" about the Irish mob in the 1970s.  The main criminal they followed was a Veteran who served during Vietnam but never actually saw combat or made it to Vietnam.  If I remember right he had a lot of issues they traced to feelings of cowardice he felt from not seeing combat.  That guy also had some traumatic non combat things happen to him when he was serving.  Just thinking about going to combat or being near it might be so much stress that some can't deal with it.  I'm not excusing his lying but the man did serve for 10 years.  It's possible he could have issues from that or he might be a famewhore creep.  Interesting story.  Anyway, they should do more for all Vets that serve mental and physical health wise.  The VA is great but it should be even better.  

MissSterious
MissSterious

We need to stop making excuses for posers!  Guess what?  Some people are just asssholes!

Spwidmayer
Spwidmayer

I watched this episode, saw him limp on stage.... had a credible story.... I am so glad his old unit stood up and called this stolen valor douche bag out.  You would be amazed how often I have seen cases of stolen valor.... especially in the bar scenes of guys trying to impress girls.  LOL.  But this is the most public display I have seen yet!  I am a disabled Marine myself, and the way he played it, I was fooled by him.  Hope he goes down hard.  Disgrace to all of us that have served. ---- Charlie Co. 1/3 2002-2005 USMC.  

Biklw2k
Biklw2k

Switching off to sing did seem odd - wtf were they thinking?

Tomhusker
Tomhusker

Mel Tillis was a prolific stutterer who made it big in country music. Singing is used as a tool in helping people who stutter. 

 However, this guy is a piece of shit.

Jvsfscbuell
Jvsfscbuell

I comend anyone who fight's for our country.I thank you for that BUT the stuttering is fake.You couldn't get one word out talking to the judge's but when you were telling your story you barley stuttered.It was so disrespectful of you to pull the war vet card for votes.

MATTF727
MATTF727

not only is he a lying fake but he really can't sing either. i don't think the judges were listening to his pitch they were just entranced by his story and by how the stutter went away while he sang. usawtf moments is right. BURN BITCH!

Cr Sabathne
Cr Sabathne

Regurgitating Facebook rumors are not news reporting.

Ask anyone dealing with trying to get a VA disability rating or a medical retirement how easy it is to provide documentation of injuries.The national guard statement absolutely did not state that Poe was not injured. It simply said that the personnel files they keep do not contain documentation of that injury.Piss poor reporting. If this guy is lying, it's bad enough. Don't make it worse by whipping it up prematurely.

Kristen
Kristen

His own ex wife says that he was not injured.  The picture was not him, and the injuries are not true. She also says he never stuttered before. Get the facts yourself before you defend a lying jerk who used that story to get farther in a competition, knowing it would help him, and it did.

MissSterious
MissSterious

A broken back from an RPG???  That is not like getting hit with a piece of shrapnel and getting a cut!!  That is a significant injury!

David Begley
David Begley

FYI- I'm a vet. After my last deployment I submitted documentation to the VA for injuries I inccured while deployed. It took nearly 6 months to process my claim and the VA did a great job reviewing my case. Submitting documentation may indeed be easy but VA verification of that documentation is the tough part.

Pendragon
Pendragon

Most of those who have served in such critical places and missions never go out in the public and speak openly about it. At most, and in my humble opinion, those who have lived through this hell might speak about such with close friends and family at most. Most would only open up to another Veteran who has had similar experienced or served in their unit.

It is dishonorable and despicable!

Pendragon

Jfergeson89
Jfergeson89

Valor stealing piece of shit! Makes every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine who's ever made that sacrifice look like garbage. Way to make your brothers and sisters in arms look like less than what they are.

Christiltonb
Christiltonb

Uh no he doesn't make us look like garbage. He makes himself look like garbage. Douche!

Joseph Ponzi Luiso
Joseph Ponzi Luiso

Funny how his TBI induced stutter goes away when he hits "Garth Brooks" mode. 

Amanda
Amanda

People who stutter can often sing with music with no problems.. just saying..

NewsDog
NewsDog

Mel Tillis comes to mind.

Verbal Orchid
Verbal Orchid

Maybe I am just too critical, but he didn't come off as all that talented to begin with... at least at singing. *shrug*

Diane
Diane

This makes me so sad.  I volunteer here in Virginia with DVBIC, that works with TBI and PTSD, I see what these soldiers go through on a daily basis and for someone to lie about this type of thing just rips at my heart.  This young man is talented, there was no need to lie!!!!  I feel so bad for the soldiers who really do suffer from these ailments to have someone lie about it and gain fame, when the guys who really do have it will never get the notariety or the fame that Tim Poe is gaining.  Thank you to all who have served our Country and who may be suffering with the side effects of war.  We love you, we honor you and we thank you.  Diane

Wow
Wow

Damn shame to get up there with that much talent, and mar it with a bold faced lie. How in the world did he think he would get away with it?

Sum
Sum

Burn bitch

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...