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Kiss Give Wounded War Veteran New House

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Kiss descended upon the Midwest last weekend for the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., and their set Saturday (July 20) included more than the classic hits and a giant, fireball-spewing spider fans have come to expect.

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.”

Continued Stanley, “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. Please join me in congratulating Roman, and thank you to everyone for their service to our country!”

According to a press release announcing the gift, “Roman 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.”

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