Gene Simmons surprises vet with dream job: KISS roadie!

Back in March, rock band KISS announced they wanted to offer a roadie job to a deserving U.S. veteran for their upcoming tour with Motley Crue. After receiving over 1900 applications for the job, Gene Simmons reveals the winner.

Back in March, NBC News teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to launch Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative  to get veterans back into the workforce. Among the many organizations to step forward and pledge to hire vets and military spouses was the rock back KISS.

KISS's job opening was for a roadie to work their upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue, and more than 1,900 hopefuls applied. And this morning on the plaza, The Demon himself, Gene Simmons was on hand to give veteran Paul Jordan a big surprise: He had been chosen to the new KISS roadie!

Paul has logged in over 27 years of military service, and served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has had even more service as a veteran in the KISS Army (with a tattoo of Simmons to prove it), having been a rabid fan of the band since he was 4. So when Simmons told him on-air that the coveted job was his, Paul was ecstatic – particularly since he'd been looking for work for a year and a half.

"Since I retired, I've had a really hard time trying to find a find a job," Paul told the TODAY anchors. "It's tough for veterans out there sometimes." He called the KISS roadie job a "dream come true. I've always wanted to be involved with KISS somehow ... This is incredible!"

Simmons, whose reality series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" is starting a new season, said that hiring veterans "is the most important thing that we can do," and warned: "If you don't give him a round of applause right now, I'm going to find out where you live."

More from Hiring our Heroes:
Young veterans share their skills, dreams
Capital One, Comcast pledge to hire vets
Comcast and NBC Universal will hire 1,000 veterans 
Hiring our Heroes 'unlocks the potential' of vets 
Jill Biden: Veterans will 'get the job done' 
Bloomberg: NYC is committed to hiring veterans

For more on Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, click here. For details on the more than 400 job fairs being held across the country throughout the year, click here.

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Good for Kiss and this Vet! Now lets see if B H Obama takes credit for it...

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Reply#1 - Wed May 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT

Congrats Paul on the new job! Thank you for your service.

    Reply#2 - Wed May 23, 2012 2:20 PM EDT

    What a fantastic story! Congrats Paul! Thank you for your service!

      Reply#3 - Fri May 25, 2012 6:45 PM EDT

      Where is my comment???

        Reply#4 - Fri May 25, 2012 7:11 PM EDT

        Will try again. Kudos to Simmons for helping this guy out. This is way more than our government is doing for our people. Shout out to Tim McGraw also for giving away 25 mortgage free houses to people on his tour. Our great government can give billions of dollars to Pakistan for God knows what and over 700 million dollars to other countries to repair their mosques, but they do nothing to help the middle class people who are slowly being phased out. Obama needs to go. And our whole government needs to go. The only problem is we will vote out one guy who can give a @!$%# about the people only to vote in another guy who can give a @!$%# about the people. Guys like Simmons and McGraw is what our country needs. Not these greedy ass, selfish politicians who only care about themselves and the rich people who help keep them in offiice. OBAMA NEED TO GO!!!! Even writing in Bugs Bunny is better than the leadership we have now. And that pompous ass Romney is no better. Sucks people, but this is what we are stuck with.

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        Reply#5 - Fri May 25, 2012 7:22 PM EDT

        It isn't all what you think it is-I did it for 10 years-good memories-but it tore me up physically. Food/sleep/family time -all degraded-the physical he can probably handle-it's mostly grunt work. Good Luck.

          Reply#6 - Thu Jun 7, 2012 12:51 AM EDT

          Towejam when your out of work for a year and a half your grateful for the job and to land a dream job like this is awesome. yes it is grueling work and long hours but so is being a soldier and fighting for freedom. don't over think it... its a great gesture by an even greater Rock Band. Lets see other performers get on the "band" wagon and hire our vets to help them on tours, etc. Congrats to Paul and God Bless!

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