05/11/2018 by militaryphonies
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Kent Steven Brown comes to us from Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s 28 years old as of May 2018. He’s an insurance salesman and financial advisor who owns his own business called Kent Brown Insurance and Financial Services LLC.
Kent says that he is a veteran and served in the armed forces before he started selling insurance. He has a series of videos on his Facebook business page and in one he makes this claim. We shortened the video from over 18 minutes to 30 seconds in order to isolate the claim.
(32 SECOND MARK — NOTE: He removed the video from his business page)
NOTE: For the record, the video that Kent Brown removed from his page was called “My business model and why we are the company you need and deserve.”
Brown was also approached via Private Messages and asked about his status. He said he was in the Army.
Although we did not see or hear of this directly, we had heard rumor of anecdotal claims of Kent Brown saying “he was in the special unit that was Black Ops – and that it was ‘a high class military group only some people can get into.'”
Since this represents 3rd party hearsay, we only provide that here in case others have heard a similar story and would like to come forward. We can also obtain sworn statements should the need arise.
Kent Brown was approached recently by PM and asked about his veteran status through his business, but it sounds like he may be sensing the boot is about to drop so he is being cautious.
His answer was a bit odd – you either are or are not a veteran so we’re not sure how “political issues” come into play since I don’t believe he is running for any elected office.
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
Kent Steven Brown’s military records were requested. The National Personnel Records Center, which would hold Brown’s records, could find no records indicating that Brown served in the Armed Forces. It is possible that he could have served in a state level guard, but active duty would have shown up if he went to boot camp and certainly any specialized Army training.
We also checked systematically with the SCRA / DoD Manpower database and again it showed no active duty for a Kent Steven Brown between the periods 2004 – May 2018. We did not go back earlier than 2004 because he would have been 15 years old and too young to have served.
Again, there was no indication that Brown was on active duty. He could have served in some reserve capacity, but basic and advanced military training would show up as active duty.
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SUMMARY & DISCUSSION
The key word to keep in mind here is “veteran” since many organizations define a veteran as having 180 days of active duty. The two resources that we checked with would show active duty if Brown had active duty military service.
Brown says in the PM that he is a veteran and served in the Army. He says in the video promoting his business that he is a veteran and served in the armed forces.
There is no record of active duty for Kent Steven Brown and there is nothing we could find that would support his claims. If he is using his claim of “veteran” to secure clients through his business then this may be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act.
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FACEBOOK (personal): https://www.facebook.com/kentbrown023
FACEBOOK (business): https://www.facebook.com/KentBrownInsurance/ (deleted 5/12/2018)
This Ain’t Hell: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=79391