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- Posted on May 27th 2007 12:00PM by Steve Baltin
Gene Simmons is never at a loss for words. And when it comes to veterans, the Kiss bassist is downright loquacious. The subject came up recently when Spinner talked to Simmons about a special episode of his A&E series, 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels,' premiering this Memorial Day. In the episode, Simmons' daughter Sophie is assigned a term paper on the military. As a result, Simmons and Sophie head out to Southern California's Camp Pendleton, where Kiss headlined a benefit for the troops a few years ago.
Though the impetus for the pair going to Pendleton was Sophie's paper, Simmons says he hopes the show is a reminder of what veterans have done for our country. "The way we treat [them] is hideous," he says."It is insulting. People in Malibu -- and I used to live there -- live an hour-and-a-half away from the VA Hospital right in Long Beach, and can't drive down there and just shake the hand of a young 18-year-old who gave his leg, willingly. I don't really give a rat's ass what your political belief is."
Simmons says thanking the vets is never far from his mind, even if the action isn't always there. "Emotionally, it's always been important. But emotion is one thing and picking your ass up off the ground and going out there and doing something is another," he says. "That doesn't mean you have to risk your life and pick up a gun, but for f***'s sake, if a vet comes down the street, shake his hand, buy him a cup of coffee, take him to lunch, find out how his family his -- do something. Don't ignore them."