The Mesa County District Attorney is investigating the story of a woman who said her name was Amber Kenney may have been lying to Homefront Heroes last week when she claimed her husband had been killed in Iraq. The organization distributed information to local news outlets that Specialist Jonathan Kenney had died while trying to protect a young Iraqi girl during a fire fight on January 29th. Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesperson told 11 News, a Jonathan Kenney didn't even exist as far as the Army is concerned.
Amber Kenney, the woman who claimed to be the wife of the fictitious soldier, told the Grand Junction Free Press that she made it up. The original hope of Homefront Heroes was that Kenney's information had temporarily fallen through the cracks. After Amber, known as Sarah Kenney, began calling Homefront Heroes President Phyllis Derby every hour on the hour, suspicions began to arise and discrepancies were found.
A spokesman for the Army Human Resources Command at the Pentagon said the active duty databases were checked several times and at on Monday there were no deceased soldiers by the name of Jonathan Kenney and that no condolence visit was made to a Kenney family in Des Moines, Iowa.
The matter is currently under investigation by the Mesa County District Attorney's office and Derby said policies for helping military families in the future will have to change. Nothing has been given to Kenney and although Derby does not know the actual amount of money donated. She assures the money will be returned in the hopes that the same people will once again donate if another soldier from the Western Slope is killed in combat.
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