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It's hard for me to judge intent. There are other possible explanations.
the intent was to restore respect to Bolton in the minds of the viewers.
Remember that the vet had just talked about soldiers who were jack-booted thugs? Isn't it possible that Bolton was saying "To the hundreds of thousands of Americans who served without being jack-booted thugs?"
"To the hundreds of thousands of Americans who served with honor..." (and he emphasized the word honor) Thus speaking, he implied the vet's dishonor.