Read this story the other day, made me proud. I printed up copies and made my whole office read them: GJ soldier dies trying to save girl By By DANIE HARRELSON The Daily Sentinel Friday, February 04, 2005 Mr. Fixit, as Spc. Jonathan Kenney was so appropriately called, embarked last year on a great undertaking. The 31-year-old soldier who liked to tinker with cars and recently moved to Grand Junction left behind his family to serve in Iraq. It wouldn’t be a quick fix, but the man who loved to fix things died trying. On Saturday, he stepped in front of a young Iraqi girl, one of many children caught in a crossfire in Baqouba, Iraq. A bullet struck his heart, killing him instantly. He was less than two months into his deployment......... Kenney served three years in the U.S. Army before joining the Colorado Army National Guard. He served with the 1-44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, the same unit his wife would have served with. She was finishing up her training at Fort Bliss, Texas, when she learned of her husband’s death. As sole surviving parent of Joshua, she was honorably discharged, Derby said. Jonathan Kenney is survived by his mother and stepfather, three brothers and one sister. He will be buried next to his twin sister, who died at birth. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/04/2_4_1a_soldier_KIA.html Sounds like a hero's story huh? It goes downhill quick........ Dead G.I. tale may be 'fraud' Tuesday, February 08, 2005 By SALLY SPAULDING AND MARIJA VADER The Daily Sentinel Local and military authorities have been unable to confirm the existence of a Grand Junction soldier who was said to have died in Iraq on Jan. 29........ http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/08/Iraq_hoax.html And now today...... False story meant to help friend, woman says Wednesday, February 09, 2005 By SALLY SPAULDING, EMILY MORRIS and GARY HARMON The Daily Sentinel Sarah Kenney, the woman behind the tale of an imaginary soldier killed in Iraq, said she just wants it to all be over. “I think I need some serious counseling,” 24-year-old Sarah said Tuesday at her singlewide in Candlewood Trailer Park. “This is the most serious lie I’ve ever told, but I’ve been caught in many lies.” Wearing Moose Country 100.7 T-shirts, Sarah Kenney and her husband, Michael Kenney, 30, relayed the events of the past week leading up to Sarah’s admission she never had a husband serving in Iraq. She admitted there was no Spc. Jonathan Kenney who died trying to save Iraqi children and that dozens of other details she relayed to Homefront Heroes, the local support group for soldiers’ families, were untrue. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/09/2_9_fraudulent_Iraq_death.html And now there's a sh*tstorm over this piece of trash....... Nonprofit group detected lies to late Wednesday, February 09, 2005 Danie Harrelson The Daily Sentinel SEDALIA — The head of the Western Slope military support group that reported a Grand Junction soldier died in Iraq last week said she acted in good faith when she released news of the man’s death to local media. “I would have never thought in a billion years that she was lying to me,” Homefront Heroes President Phyllis Derby said of the Grand Junction woman who claimed her husband was killed during a crossfire on Jan. 29. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/09/2_9_Derby_responds_WWW.html Area military families upset about hoax Wednesday, February 09, 2005 By ANN WINTERHOLTER The Daily Sentinel Last Saturday, James Shackelford was sitting at the National Guard Armory talking with several other guys about the Grand Junction soldier who got shot in Iraq protecting a little girl. “Of course, we didn’t know it was fake then. Everybody was sad. And then to find out it was fake today ... what the heck?” said Shackelford, whose brother, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Bear Shackelford, died Nov. 28, 2004, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/09/2_9_Iraq_scam_reaction.html Homefront Heroes officials appalled By By MARIJA B. VADER The Daily Sentinel Wednesday, February 09, 2005 The news of a fraudulent report of the death of a soldier shocked and angered the board of directors of Homefront Heroes, its secretary said Tuesday. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/02/09/2_9_Scam_Homefront_Heroes_WWW.html Have a look at some true human garbage: Sorry this post was so long, I'm just pissed. My wife cried when she read the article. I hope some real soldier's families get hold of her sorry ass.