Amber Dawn Brower; phony active duty soldier

| April 16, 2016

Amber Shell

In Pocatello, Idaho, there is a woman by the name of Amber Dawn Brower who has set up a GoFundMe tin cup to take up money from the folks there in order to pay for some of her problems;

My whole life has been turned upside down. 2 days ago my best friend JuNae (who has had some serious issues with unprescribed medication abuse) took $3,000 worth of my business skin care product. When I confronted her and tried to ask for it back, I took a brutal blow to my left eye and blacked out. I woke up this morning in a puddle of blood on my pillow and rushed to the hospital only to find out that I have a severe blow out fracture to my eye socket and I lost half of my vision. There are bone fragments and fat blocking my sinuses resulting in near future surgery. Not only has this affected my vision, but I got a call from the military telling me that I will have to be medically discharged from the Army. This also means that I lose my military housing and will no longer have a place to live. I had to miss out on a business trip to Arizona this weekend resulting in loss of pay and not having any product means my skin care career is also over. I hate asking for help but I need all the help I can get! Anything is appreciated. This fund will go toward an attorney, product to hopefully save my skin care career, and medical expenses. Thank you again!

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I can’t speak to the medical issue, the police tell us that it didn’t go down the way she says, but I can speak to the military-related issues. There is no military housing in Pocatello, Idaho from which she can be booted. Even if the medical issues are true, there’s no way that she’d get a call from the Army telling her she’s getting booted the day the issue was discovered. Oh, by the way, she’s never been in the active duty force, aside from basic training and AIT, according to the National Personnel Records Center. Maiden name is Amber Dawn Shell;

Amber Shell FOIA

Aber Shell Assignments

According to folks at her unit, she was mobilized, but she was returned home for medical reasons and released from her Guard commitment. I don’t mind folks rattling a tin cup, but I do have a problem when they make up stories that don’t make any sense. The folks in Pocatello should give her money if they want to give her money, but they should know the whole story. If she can’t raise money on the merits of her case, she shouldn’t make up stuff.

From Plenty of Fish;

Amber Brower Plenty of Fish

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. ex-OS2 says:

    Go fuck yourself Amber Dawn Brower….

    • AskaMarine says:

      All of her Enablers/Defenders have joined the Famous PV9 Joe Gainey Cricket Brigade.

      Chirp. Chirp.

      Can’t we have our own “Gainey” cup? There seems to be lately alot of folks who come to TAH “defending” their heroes, only to go silent and in hiding when confronted with the truth.

      Speaking of the 1st SEAC of the JCS: It’s now been 4 months since SGM (Ret) William Joseph Gainey, Phony Vietnam Era Veteran, came to TAH, defending Michael Duane “Killer” Killam and made promises he would straighten out Killam’s Phony Vietnam POW status.

      Gainey is just as the other Enablers. Cowards. Arrogant. Narcissitic.Don’t want to admit they were wrong.

      One of these days, it is going to catch up with all of them.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Count the says till she starts turning tricks for beer money….

  2. Brian Baird says:

    Just to clarify, I looked into her military records, I am a SFC in the Reserves and can tell you, she served 7 years AND did deploy to Iraq, so yes she was lying about some stuff but she did serve 7 years and has an Honorable discharge

    • Animal says:

      If she deployed to Iraq why doesn’t she have a ICM? It looks more like she mobilized for an Iraq deployment and didn’t deploy for some reason which would be what was stated by Jonn already.

      • Brian Baird says:

        I will have to go back and look at her DD 214 to make sure If she did or didn’t actually make it over seas

        • CA_SGT says:

          It still doesn’t explain the crux of the issue with her claiming she’s being kicked out of the Army and Military Housing and then soliciting money because of it, or her claims about being an interrogator. Her service was honorable in the past, but she tarnished that honor with her bullshit lies as of late.

          • Dogface3ID says:

            I saw nothing in the posted paperwork about interrogator. It would have read 97E or 35M (after 2006). That training would have been at Huachuca, and I did not see that in the paperwork either. There are reserve courses (another of which is at Huachuca) and the other one was at Ft. Devens until it was closed. I know of no others. I don’t get it. Why, because “interrogator” sounds cool?

      • Hondo says:

        Animal: if she was sent back for non-medical reasons with <30 days time in-country, she would not qualify for the ICM.

        • Animal says:

          Ahhhh. I based that on reports she was sent back for medical reasons.

          • Hondo says:

            It’s possible that not all MEDEVACs qualify, either. The appropriate Army Reg says that it is awarded for less than 30 days service in Iraq to those who are (1) engaged by the enemy, or (2)to someone who “While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation
            from the area of eligibility.” MEDEVAC due to non-combat illness or injury (e.g., injured while engaging in recreational activities) may not qualify.

        • CA_SGT says:

          Yes, but she would still qualify for an Army Overseas Service Ribbon would she not? Plus I’m sure had she put boots on ground her unit would have at least given her an Arcom as that pretty standard for a junior enlisted soldier, even if she was medevaced back to the states.

          • Hondo says:

            Negative. OSR is only awarded if one meets normal overseas tour completion requirements. For Iraq and Afghanistan, that’s either (1) 11 months cumulative service in a 24-month period, or (2) 9 months consecutive service. See Q3 at


            Can’t answer the ARCOM question. I’m personally skeptical that an O6-level unit commander would award an ARCOM to someone who served less than 30 days out of a 12-month tour simply “because they went”. But that’s the commander’s call, and could possibly happen.

    • AskaMarine says:

      Then why did Amber Dawn Brower said she served 12 years? And why did she state that she got a call from the US Army that she was medically discharged? Why did she lie about losing housing? And what does her service in the military have anything to do with her soliciting money based on the incident with her Ex Friend? I guarantee you: if she had never embellished her military service on the GoFundMe site, she would have never been on the radar.

      Out of curiosity: WHERE was she deployed…and which unit…and how long…and when?

      And if she is innocent and is right, then why did her GoFundMe all of the sudden disappeared?

      So pitiful that she had to use her kids, her military story situation to obtain $$$…for what? Does’t it take 2 to get into a fight? Something about her “poor me” story just does not seem right.

      What is “The Rest of the Story” and why has Amber Dawn not shown any remorse for her lies or even apologize to those she deceived?

      Oh, the tangle web we weave when we try to deceive (not the exact quote).

  3. Marine_7002 says:

    Nothing in the results of the FOIA indicate she went to Iraq.

    So what records did YOU see that didn’t come from NPRC?


      I am not defending her, but the record shows a OEF medal so she was not directly deployed to Iraq but deployed some where in support of OIF possible Kuwait or Qatar. So she was deployed. some units do not list deployments but it would be in the awards. A commenter above said she was deployed in support of OIF.

      I am supporting her, just saying sometimes the FOIA will not tell the hole story like duty stations. NONE of my say deployed but I deployed 11 times and it is in the awards for deployment ribbon and certain medals could indicate a deployment. OEF medal is one of them.

      • NECCSEABEECPO says:

        Sorry I am not supporting her. If she was MOBED she would have received GWOT but did not deploy or she would have GOWT-E. By reading what jonn stated above she MOBED and MED backed out. Sorry Marine 7002.

    • Brian Baird says:

      Not sure about anyone else but I have access to her IPerms records, and the forms they have posted are incomplete, and in no way am I defending her lies, but she did serve honorably for 7 years so her military service shouldn’t be lumped in with her current actions.

      • Animal says:

        This site is full of people who served honorably and then shat all over it with embellishments or falsehoods. I think that is the problem people are having with her.

      • thebesig says:

        Originally posted by Brian Baird says:

        Not sure about anyone else but I have access to her IPerms records, and the forms they have posted are incomplete, and in no way am I defending her lies, but she did serve honorably for 7 years so her military service shouldn’t be lumped in with her current actions.

        Unfortunately, that’s not how it works in communities like this. The mere fact that she embellished her military status by claiming that she’s still in put her in position where she took a dump on her otherwise honorable record. She should’ve known better than to claim that she was currently in, on active duty, and stood to lose her place in military housing.

        There are posters, that came forward here, who essentially stated what you sated. Except, they claimed that although she deployed with the unit, she had to be sent home early. The fact that she had left the US on deployment is a given, and that’s supported by the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with M device, in the Freedom of Information Request response above.

        You stated things about her that aren’t in dispute by the trend of replies here. People here recognize that she served, predominantly in a reserve capacity. The above records, and other comments advanced earlier, point to her having deployed beyond the borders of the US. This isn’t the argument.

        The argument is about the claims that she made on her gofundme page, as well claims that she allegedly told people that she was still serving. In this community, when someone that has served pulls a stunt like this, or go embellisher or phony, we see them as taking a dump on their military record. Consequently, we see their prior service as if it were an underwear with skid marks all over the bottom.

        Had Amber Dawn Brower not feel the need to embellish or lie, she still would’ve been seen in the light that you want her to be seen here.

        • Hondo says:

          The fact that she had left the US on deployment is a given, and that’s supported by the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with M device, in the Freedom of Information Request response above.

          Actually, the mere fact that someone was awarded the AFRM w/M device does not prove deployment to the CENTCOM AOR or other overseas locations.

          The AFRM w/M device can be – and is – awarded for stateside contingency support tours as well as for those OCONUS. The only requirement is to be mobilized (or serve voluntarily on extended active duty) in support of a designated contingency operation. Deployment OCONUS is not a requirement.

          Lots of folks got mobilized stateside for NOBLE EAGLE after 9/11. They all rated the AFRM w/M device.

      • AskaMarine says:

        Hopefully, you will answer our questions, Brian and not pull a William Joseph Gainey of the Gainey cup on us…in other words, join his Cricket Brigade.

        Please type in on Google “Michael Duane Killam, Phony Vietnam POW” and please take the time time to read all 611 comments. Joe Gainey came on the TAH site, defended the phony and when questioned after defending Killam as well as made a promise he would get back with us, went silent…and that was 4 months ago.

  4. anonymous says:

    In talking to Ms Brower, she did not say anything in accordance to these accusations first,because she didn’t feel the need and second, that she was so hurt. Her life and reputation was tarnished because someone felt the need to blog about what they felt was a lie and send it to all of her friends in Facebook and making it go viral through the Facebook world causing her to lose her job. Ms Brower attempted to end her life last week due to all of this and ended up in a treatment facility. It’s clearly shown that she is a loved kind hearted caring person even without the military background. The gofundme page stated that the funds would be used for an attorney and more product. ……so there was no sense in ruining her life over a so called lie. You people probably have a lot more to worry about with your own lives than driving people to suicide.

    • spd0302 says:

      What do you mean “so called lie.”
      This embellisher gave the impression that she was still in the military and had been called by the Army and told she was being medically discharged, which would cause her to lose her military housing.
      She is not in the military
      She does not live in military housing
      She is not being medically doschaeged

    • AskaMarine says:

      “A so called lie”.

      Good Lord. A Lie is a Lie is a Lie. Where did you come up with that expression?

      “Ms Brower attempted to end her life last week due to all of this and ended up in a treatment facility. It’s clearly shown that she is a loved kind hearted caring person even without the military background.”

      Really? A kind hearted caring person would try to end her life and leave her children Motherless?(the same children she used on her GoFundMe Page.) Give me a break.

      As I stated before, Amber Dawn Brower is all about Amber Dawn Brower. TAH did not ruin her life. SHE DID. Quit being an Enabler and blaming others for her lies, Anonymous, unless your name is Amber Dawn Brower and trying to put the guilt trip on us, cuz guess what…it’s ain’t working, Little Girl.

      And quit blaming “You People” on “driving people to suicide”. Blame yourself, Amber or whoever the hell anonymous is. Take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror (since it is obvious with your painted face, you do it all the time) and ask yourself ” Am I the Master of my own Destiny?”

      I will say it again. Amber Dawn Brower is an unfit Mother as demonstrated by her “attempted suicide”, her lies, her deceit, her vanity with her looks, her poor pitiful “look at me” Victim persona, etc. etc.

      Don’t know what the law is in Idaho or Utah and I could be wrong, but I thought in some states, if one tries to commit suicide, they fall into the same category as someone who commits murder/manslaughter.

      I hope the Idaho/Utah takes her children away from her. And I hope the “treatment facility” reports her to Child Protective Services. Remember Susan Smith from South Carolina?

      Last….do you have ANY proof she tried to take her life….as in overdose of pills, cuts to the wrist, taken a gun and putting it to her head, sealing her car with exhaust fumes, jumping off a building, putting on 4 pairs of eyelashes, drinking her hair bleach, eating her eyebrow pencils, etc. etc. or was it just “talk”, i.e. “I’m going to end my life?”

      Thank God that little girl is out of the Army. Am betting she got discharge for mental instability.

  5. anonymous says:

    Ok I’m putting this out there anonomous just because I feel bad about what this did to Amber, I completely made up a lot of this info because I was mad at her. I even made the plenty of fish page to try and get all of this started. So thank you guys, but I think it’s gone too far now.

    • spd0302 says:



      Try again Amber!!!!

    • Hang Ten says:

      so i guess that means you also posted the gofundme links on her facebook page as well. what a croc of crap

    • AskaMarine says:

      “…but I think it’s gone too far now.”

      Blame this on yourself, Amber Dawn Brower or anonymous, blame this on Amber.

      SHE TOOK IT TOO FAR WITH HER BS stories to con folks out of $$$….attorney fees my ass.

      Probably wanted the $$$ to buy more hair bleach, eyebrow pencils and false eyelashes. And travel to Vegas for those conventions.

      “…I feel bad about what this did to Amber”…You are an Enabler with a Co-Dependency Personality Disorder.

      And oh, BTW, if you are not Amber, did you make a donation to her GFM site…or why not just give her your $$$ to pay for her “attorney?”

      God help us if the Taxpayers have to foot her treatment facility.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Hey anonymous, BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS!! What kind of con game are you trying to play? Whatever it is, you’re doing an extremely piss-poor job of it AND you’re boring the shittyassed muthafuck out of me!!!

  6. anonymous says:

    Amber tried to commit suicide over this bullshit! Leave it alone!

    • spd0302 says:

      Correction, Amber may or may not have tried to take the coward’s way out due to the Bullshit she created. No one here held her hands to a keyboard and made her lie about her service on a virtual tin cup page.

      • CA_SGT says:

        Holy shit, this thread is still active?!!

        I never got a call back after my initial contact with Police in her hometown, but I’m guessing they talked to her at least.

    • Animal says:

      I’m betting this anonymous is Amber herself.

      • CA_SGT says:

        I’m sure it is. One of the earlier posts claims she lost her job over this, but I thought it was the theft of her makeup products that caused her to “lose” her job (or at least that’s what she tried raising money on). So unless she somehow landed a new job and then lost it in less than a week because of this blog, I’m going to chalk it up to another lie.

      • Animal says:

        I doubt the suicide claim also. If we dealt with a suicide attempt here they usually got put on a 72 hour psych hold.

        • CA_SGT says:

          Having been put on that hold myself, I agree. All the “anonymous” posts were made within 10 minutes of each other, and it’s a fail if their trying to act as if it’s different people. Had we “forced” her to attempt suicide, I have no doubt we be seeing a lot more of her pissed off family members on here jumping down our throats. Sadly, Anon is the only one doing that.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Anonymous, have you been consulting with a certain non-CPO in Florida that is currently listed as “Not Eligible to Practice Law” by The California Bar? You’re boring the SHIT out of me and many others here.

  7. Hang Ten says:

    For the person that posted in the facebook comments about her serving and deploying in Support of OIF. No one said she didn’t serve, whats being called into question is her stating that she was currently serving as she stated on her gofundme page when she was not, she was already discharged from the National Guard. She mobilized but did not deploy to Iraq as you can see from her records

    • CA_SGT says:

      True, even her photos from July 9, 2013 and earlie show her in ACU’s with no combat patch (I don’t know a deployed soldier who didn’t wear one even once). If she was in a combat zone attached to a unit for even 1 day she’d have earned at least that.

      • Hondo says:

        Bingo. I’m guessing she didn’t make it thru pre-deployment mob training – possibly for medical reasons – and thus got REFRAD and sent home early early without ever deploying.

        • Hang Ten says:

          i got an idea Ms Brower, if you are innocent and were currently serving at the time that this attack took place and you did deploy on OIF why don’t you contact the admin of this page and send him your a copy of your records as proof and that would clear this all up. Because if you had that as proof than the admin I’m sure would post on here that what you said was true…

        • Bobo says:

          Any ARNG unit that I was involved with during a mobilization and deployment would go to the mob station at 110% strength. That was the only way that they would walk out the door with 90% of the organic unit. Between the physicals and the training, a good part of the herd would be culled before they got on airplanes. It’s a fair bet that Amber didn’t make the cut.

  8. Jonn Lilyea says:

    We did “leave this alone”, but “anonymous” folks keep resuscitating it.

  9. spd0302 says:

    Amber? You there? How about you come to this blog as yourself and apologize for your bullshit?

    • spd0302 says:

      Hey Amber Dawn Brower, been feeling down and lonely lately?
      Cheer up, I have a new friend for you. William Batho is his name and embellishing bullshit while shaking a virtual tin cup is his game.
      Sound familiar?
      Look him up. You have something in common.
      Oh and before I forget, Go Fuck Yourself

    • AskaMarine says:


      Well, she WAS in the Army, so she probably is lonely and joined PV9’s Cricket Brigade.

      My, my, my. We sure a getting a lot of them, aren’t we ?


      • spd0302 says:

        Yes we are AskaMarine!
        We are going to need a cricket brigade bracket for the blue falcon tourney.
        Semper Fi

  10. ex-OS2 says:

    Just a friendly big “Go Fuck Yourself Amber Dawn Brower”.

  11. Jarhead says:

    Send her a quarter and Janet Jackson wig. I feel a “healin’ ” coming on.

  12. B. Johnson says:

    and there you have it with the recent comments in the facebook section and Amber claimed she was so beat up with the busted eye socket and whatever happened to that guy that was verifying her records

  13. Hang Ten says:

    hmmm, on her fb her busted eye socket sure looks good especially the pic posted on the 16th of April the day after the incident happened

  14. Anon says:

    Funny.. she is still the same lieing bitch she was when this all started. What kind of a person can come up with her lies. She hasn’t changed a bit. Hey amber if you didn’t lie si much you wouldn’t have to try to remember the last phony story.I have friends and family that served and did it for our country not for attention. I also know that past and present military personnel wouldn’t do half the shit she has. When ur begging for money aND u turn around and use it to support your addiction and not your kids is very very selfish. I also know the ones that served for our country DO NOT pull the poor me card!! Why or how is it that she served 12 years and she has 1 and only 1 picture of herself and her oldest when she returned from from whatever she returned from and she has not a singleone of herself being reunited with her youngest? Here is another one according to her she was discharged within just the last few months. Plus she has more bachelor degrees than anyone her age and the best part is the one is a certificate and the the highest they have. Everyone I know that has ever been in the military do not go around and belittle children and have respect for others. She says she was medically discharged to something else every other day. Plus if she was active for 12+ years how did she go to school to be a cosmetologist, getting a bachelors degree in intreior design,to another bachelor’s in something else.she stole medication from a 7 year old then went on and called her a crazy little bitch and so on.. I know first hand what a liar she is cause she will tell u one thing and then an hour a couple das go by and she tells another lie and busts herself..