The night before KISS and Motley Crue kicked off their summer co-headlining tour, KISS performed a private show for US troops and veterans at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia.
Prior to the concert, KISS and the Crüe presented a cheque for $250,000 to the National Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
“A free country’s greatest national treasure are the people that make that country free,” said Paul Stanley. “You are heroes. None of us could enjoy the freedom that we have without the sacrifices that you people make for us. God bless our troops. God bless America.”
The relationship with Hiring Our Heroes began when KISS and Mötley Crüe pledged to hire a veteran as a roadie as part of the “Hiring 500,000 Heroes” campaign. Army veteran and longtime KISS fan Paul Jordan was selected after a review of 1,900 applications received by Hiring Our Heroes. Jordan, who is from Buford, Georgia, served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal of the initiative is to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
“We are grateful and excited about the generous gift from KISS and Mötley Crüe,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), executive director of the Hiring Our Heroes program. “This donation will allow us to hold hiring fairs around the country, as well as refine them to offer transition assistance workshops, ultimately helping us make even a greater difference on the critical issue of veteran and military spouse unemployment.”
In March 2011, the Chamber, in conjunction with the National Chamber Foundation, launched its Hiring Our Heroes program, a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
To date, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 220 hiring fairs in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, helping more than 10,400 veterans and military spouses find employment.
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