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story.lead_photo.caption Ken Aden

Third Congressional District candidate Ken Aden has claimed he’s a Green Beret, but his military records indicate he washed out of Special Forces training, not once but three times.

Photo by courtesy of Kenneth Aden
(1 of 2) Third District congressional candidate Ken Aden provided incomplete and poor-quality copies of documents as proof of his receipt of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He said it is not in his military records because he received it after he left service. He also said he was unable to send more of the document than shown here. Note the medal, which is abbreviated MOVSM is misspelled in the document. The document is the recommendation for the award, but the section sent here does not confirm he was awarded it.
Photo by courtesy of Kenneth Aden
(2 of 2)Third District congressional candidate Ken Aden provided incomplete and poor quality copies of documents as proof of his receipt of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He said it is not in his military records because he received it after he left service. He also said he was unable to send more of the document that shown here. Note the medal, which is abbreviated MOVSM is misspelled in the document. The document is the recommendation for the award, but the section sent here does not confirm he was awarded it.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 06/28/2012

Print Headline: Military records debunk rhetoric; Files: Candidate no Green Beret

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  • airassaulthog151
    June 28, 2012 at 8:19 a.m.

    As a retired Active Duty Army Officer, I say this guy is a liar and should not be allowed to hold elected office. Granted he did wear the uniform and see combat but anyone who lies about their military service is clearly character deficient. Furthermore, his assertion that he doesnt have the graduation certificate from the SF Q Course is ludicrous. I assure you that anyone who completed that beast of a course would have the graduation certificate unless of course the dog ate it.

  • TheBatt
    June 28, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.

    A lying Democrat? Seriously? Are we suppose to be surprised?

    And he continues to tell the lies that have been completely proven false. He never served as a Green Beret. He washed out not once, but THREE TIMES.

    There is a law against making claims of military service and/or military honors called then"Stolen Valor" law. This lying punk is guilty of breaking that law making claims of having served as a Green Beret (so claiming to have served a tour of duty AS such).

    And then there is the issue of has claimed academic degrees from A-State, all while never even taking classes there. I'm not sure there is a law dealing with this lie- but his ongoing fraudulent claims certainly should make for some very serious campaign fodder.

    A good liar tells lies that are difficult to prove otherwise. This fool isnt smart enough to take that route (explains washing out of special forces school three times for "academic reasons)...

  • TimberTopper
    June 28, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

    I'd say he's a damn lying politician! Makes no difference to me whether he's a democrat or republican. If one is caught in a lie prior to the election, that person should loose the right to even run as a candidate.

  • Walter
    June 28, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.

    Just another lying Democrat...

  • NOTAGAIN
    June 28, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

    What an idiot. Aden, your a disgrace.

  • SuperGrandDad
    June 28, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.

    I am the retired Army officer who exposed this fraud based on info from other soldiers. The Dem Gaz reporters did an outstanding job of following up and obtaining even more information. The story didn't mention Aden also claimed to have been awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal but it is not listed on his DD Form 214 or in his personnel records. The Fort Bragg Inspector General is looking into how he managed to have MOS 18B3P on his 214. We believe a friendly Company Clerk was BS'ed into listing it rather than MOS 18X which is temporarily assigned to Q Course trainees. That would also explain the last unit error on his 214 which lists a deactivated Armor unit rather than the 73rd Cav Regiment. Rather than fess up and apologize to every brave man who earned the Green Beret, and gave all for their Country, this puke continues to lie. Regardless of your politics, and I am a Republican, all should insist he leave the ballot. Also, he was not picked on because of his politics and we vetted others who made claims and verified them.

  • pat72209
    June 28, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.

    Absolutely stupid. He has to be too stupid to hold office if he thought he could get by with lying about this military career. This is one of the most UNFORGIVABLE LIES.

  • stalkcutter
    June 28, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.

    Stay on the ballot Ken. Remember you are a proud democrat. You don't quit just because you got caught. Lying is what makes democrats acceptable to other democrats. Look at Elizabeth Warren up in Mass, you know that Indian girl that's lily white, she's still going strong Ken and you can also. Just keep lying your ass off and you'll be more popular with the leftys than you could ever imagine. Good luck Ken and don't forget "Bill didn't have sexual intercourse with that woman, Monica Lewinsky" wink wink.

  • HawgFan
    June 28, 2012 at 11:51 a.m.

    TimberTopper... 'a lying politician'. That is a redundant statement. Sounds like he's just practicing his 'misremembering' for when he gets in office!! What a Loser.

  • TheGoodGuy
    June 28, 2012 at 2:24 p.m.

    Wow, this guy just does not know how to keep his mouth shut or complete any sort of training whether military or civilian. There is so much evidence proving he is a damn liar about the green beret stuff. He just doesn't know how to take a hint and slink away.

    I can further believe he is not a green beret by the simple fact the idiot can't even pass community college courses or even obtain an associates degree which any idiot with a few dollars and some extra time can get, no problem. If it weren't for the fact that he has a 214, I would question whether he was in the military at all. Seriously, if you complete any sort of training and get a certificate for it, you hold on to that. I know I did. I have ever single certificate I was awarded for my training!!! I haven't lost a damn thing. And I know for a fact that if you get awarded any sort of medals or anything, they are on that 214 as well!!!

    This guy is an out-and-out liar! Need to get some federal law enforcement on his ass for making untrue claims about military service!!

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