By Stacy Vaughn, 445th Airlift Wing www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
Military members past and present were among a crowd of more than 10,000 die-hard KISS fans as they rocked out during a KISS concert honoring military veterans August 22, 2016 at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.
According to their website, KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career. The group is currently on a 40-city "Freedom To Rock" tour, honoring U.S. veterans across the nation and providing generous donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, which helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. The program partnered with KISS and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to salute military heroes across the county.
“It means a great deal (to us) to support our troops,” said Paul Stanley, KISS singer and guitarist.
As a part of the band’s “Freedom To Rock” tour, KISS is hiring veterans or those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserve to be roadies for a day at their concert stops. The individual is selected by HOH. Master Sgt. Erica Vanderventer, Army National Guard, was the representative for the Dayton area. She helped with the set up and tear down of the stage.