Kiss Hire War Veteran As Roadie

Over 1900 veterans applied to join the Kiss stagecrew, but only one made it. Maybe his huge Kiss tattoo helped?

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KISS have hired a war veteran as part of the "Hire Our Heroes" campaign.

Over 1900 veterans applied for the role which involves working alongside the backstage crew to set up the stage and run the live lighting effects.

Paul Jordan, a 27-year military veteran from Georgia, was told that he beat the other applicants on the "Today" show. "It's a dream come true," he said. "I've always wanted to be involved with KISS somehow. This is incredible."

So what made Jordan stand out above the other veterans? Perhaps it was his huge KISS tattoo, or that he's been a dedicated fan of the band since the age of four.

KISS frontman Gene Simmons called on other US businesses to hire former servicemen. "We should all step up and give our heroes, a job," he said. "It's the least we can do. They volunteered for us. Our heroes go and represent us on the field of battle, voluntarily. Then they come back and we throw them back out here, good luck, get a job. They should have guaranteed jobs."

The Hire Our Heroes campaign aims to put 500,000 war veterans and military spouses into jobs by the end of 2014. It's proving successful, with 181,000 alleged commitments, according to the KISS website.

Do you have family members who found it difficult to find work after returning from the battlefield? Share your experience in the comments.

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    If I remember, the other article was about the fact that Kiss would hire a war veteran. Now we just know who the war veteran is.
    It's possible. I use other sites for actual music news. Reading UG is like reading a trashy tabloid. I don't know why I still do it, but goddamnt, i can't stop!
    Sheep Shagger
    AcdcTXfan wrote: I know this is very off topic, but when's that new album coming out?
    Last year they said it would be out in February. Then in early 2012 they mentioned a May/June release. Now they're talking about a July release (which looks unlikely seeing as we've seen/heard nothing from this album)...