By Brett Gillin
Last week, The Bright brought you the story of Joseph Scott, the man who was confronted by veterans for wearing an Airborne Rangers Uniform, despite never having served in the United States Armed Forces. Now, Joseph Scott is going on record apologizing for his actions and explaining that he never meant to disrespect the uniform or those who wore it. In fact, according to ABC News 10, he meant quite the opposite. Scott told reporters for ABC News 10 “I was just supporting my cousins and my family in the military. And to those who I upset and made mad, I do apologize.”
The saga began a few weeks ago when Scott, a 22 year old civilian, donned an Airborne Rangers uniform on the campus of Delta College. While he was on campus, in uniform, several veterans came up to him and began speaking with Scott about his service. When they found out that he’d never actually served in the Airborne Rangers, the discussion escalated to an altercation. As the confrontation continued, Delta College police officers arrested one man for disturbing the peace and making threats toward Scott.
Later that day, as word of the confrontation spread, police began receiving threats from anonymous callers. These callers, according to reports, came from veterans who were extremely upset over Scott’s actions, demanding that he should have been arrested for impersonating a soldier. Delta College police, however, insisted that Scott had acted within the laws of the land and did not deserve arrest.
Jim Bock, a Delta College Police officer, explained to reporters that the U.S. Attorney General’s office “states there is no enforceable action we could have taken against him without violating his constitutional rights.”
Scott explained that it was always a dream of his to join the U.S. Army. But when Scott went to turn these dreams into reality, he was unable to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. According to Scott’s grandfather, Scott suffered from a “serious event” at a young age that led to Scott having Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
Scott’s grandfather went on to explain to reporters that Scott met a recruiter that gave him new hope that he’d be able to join the armed forces. “The recruiter talked to him and befriended him and gave him certain information he needed to purchase a uniform and told him he’d help him get into the service,” Scott told ABC 10.
Although Scott was denied entrance once again, he had obtained the uniform and began wearing it in public. Scott apologized again stating “I do apologize for whoever I hurt.”