Tuesday, July 23, 2013

KISS presents new home to wounded war veteran

KISS made a special presentation to a wounded Iraq war veteran during their July 20 headlining show at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI.

Working in conjunction with the festival, Military Warriors Support Foundation and co-sponsors Impact Gel, the band paused its show to introduce a wounded military veteran named Ramon Rivera to the crowd — and present Rivera and his wife with a brand new, mortgage-free house.

“We have special guests with us tonight I’d like to bring out,” singer Paul Stanley told the crowd. Roman Rivera and his wife Michelle, and Ken from Military Warriors Support Foundation, please join me out here. Roman is a Wisconsin native, everybody. He is also a decorated veteran. He was severely injured during his combat tour in Iraq by an improvised bomb. He is a tried-and-true hero.”

“We have the privilege of presenting Roman and his family with a mortgage-free, two-story, four-bedroom, three-car attached garage home in Janesville, Wisconsin. Again, completely mortgage-free,” add Stanley. “Please join me in congratulating Roman, and thank you to everyone for their service to our country!”

Rivera was hugged, high-fived and thanked for his service before being led offstage by a deafening chant from the crowd of ‘U.SA., U.S.A., U.S.A.’ with everyone in the venue pumping fists in the air.

The Rock Fest appearance was a one-off show scheduled during KISS’ current, extensive Canadian summer tour in support of their latest album, “Monster.” The month-long trek wraps up with two dates at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s, Newfoundland in early August.

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