Now I just want to say that I do not harbour any real resentment towards this act at all but this is just something I don't really understand about an ideology that is commonly shared that people have. Also keep in mind that if you are reading this and you think I am completely dead wrong, then I am sorry and I don't mean to come across as hateful. I am just uninformed as I don't know really anyone who was in this scenario (outside of 1 guy).
It bothers me when people praise the three men and one woman of the group Voices of Service as heroes and thank them for their work when it seems to be that when people choose to follow a path of going into the military, they are basically choosing to do into these wars and kill people. I understand that these are still "bad people" but there is still the fact that they are basically killing and the overwhelming response that people have to them really confuses me because it seems as though people are celebrating and glorifying people who kill other people and it really irks me. Again, I am not trying to say that the people of VoS are murderers or deserve to go to jail because I understand that they are doing this because they want to keep as regular civilians safe, but I also think that there are better ways of doing this than killing people.
Again maybe I am missing something here, a simple explanation from someone in the comments below who knows more about this subject than I do will suffice, but it's just something that has bothered me about Voices of Service and other acts on AGT prior who served in the military.
American perspective here. The American military is, for lack of a better word, glorified in the grand scheme of things. Veterans are respected beyond belief for the service they do in fighting in the military, and, I suppose, fighting other countries to protect our own. Many soldiers finish their service with serious injuries, as well as the prospect of post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses, too—these are people who sacrifice their well-being, and sometimes their lives, fighting against terrorist organizations and whatnot. It’s a huge deal to be in the military here.
War isn’t just killing people for no reason, either. ISIS is a huge terrorist organization that has enacted violence against countless people in the name of religion, and have committed too many crimes against humanity to count. Soldiers, as far as I know, don’t kill without probable cause, but considering the shit they’ve done? They’re an enemy of the state for a reason.
Personally, I’m kind of over the whole “retired veteran” story on these types of shows—something about Colin Thackery winning BGT this year—but I at least understand why people are attracted to their story and I do... respect those who live their lives protecting our country. I’m not a hugely patriotic person, but like... they’re doing a lot, y’know?