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Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

As the son of a veteran, Bret Michaels continues his longstanding commitment in support of our nation’s brave service men/women and first responders. Each night during shows on his record breaking “Party Starts Now” tour Michaels honors local heroes by bringing them onstage to pay tribute. In addition through his Life Rocks Foundation, each night Bret also makes monetary contributions to local charities across the country. While performing to a record crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia, Michaels met Tim Wolfe from “Operation Welcome Home”. Tim’s organization helps place veterans with jobs and assists with other needs as they return home. On this night, Bret donated a portion of proceeds from a live auction of his custom cowboy hat and stage worn shirt taking place from the stage and at the merchandise booth.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Daughter’s Hero Is Her Veteran Father

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Daughter’s Hero Is Her Veteran Father

With Veterans Day approaching, I’m asking to share the attached photo of my 91 year old Dad.

Dad is a World War II Veteran, he was a Japanese prisoner of war, one of only 7 whom survived the camp. He’s now the last living. He’s not only a Veteran, but my Hero. 

GO NAVY!

– Michelle Lavelle
 
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Veteran Couple & Pet Parents Thank Bret For Inspiration During Diabetes Fight, Military Support & Pet Charities

Veteran Couple & Pet Parents Thank Bret For Inspiration During Diabetes Fight, Military Support & Pet Charities

I have been a fan of Bret Michaels for as long as I can remember but what I didn’t know was just how many of my life experiences he could relate to or what an inspirational person he would become for me. Even several years later when I had an opportunity to see Bret Michaels live (twice in fact, once in 2003 and again in 2006 I believe) at Burlington Steamboat Days, I still had no idea. The only thing I was aware of at that time was what an amazing show Bret put on.

Fast forward to the year 2010 and the show Celebrity Apprentice because this is when I learned that Mr. Michaels was also a type 1 diabetic and an individual who had certainly faced (and would continue to stare down) his fair share of adversity. It was in those moments captured on TV that I realized that all the time I had spent in the hospital, all of the struggles I had gone through to try and maintain a “normal” way of life were important events – they made me who I am and helped me grow in and develop further that same fighting spirit which Mr. Michaels possesses.

While my diabetes, along with its’ side effects continue to be a daily struggle for me, I have also been blessed in many ways. I have always had an incredibly supportive family. I have made countless friends in the 12 years that I have been ballroom dancing, a hobby I picked up to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, my best friend and now, husband, is a man that I met while out dancing. He was in the Navy Reserves when we first met. Given both our family histories with military service, we decided to marry on Veteran’s Day of 2011. He brought four incredible children (he was previously married) into my life – a gift of kids that I had given up on long ago since control of my diabetes has always been more than difficult and doctors had warned against it because of the inherent increased risks involved.

Recently, I was given an opportunity to meet Mr. Michaels when he was doing a meet and greet for his Pets Rock collection at a local PetSmart where I live. He was so positive and caring and took the time to visit with both me and my husband (who became disabled in a random accident in 2012). I don’t think I even have the words to express how much those moments reignited our determination to live life to its fullest, to remember every day to grow in some way, and to use our struggles as fuel to help others. Mr. Michaels’ personal ties to JDRF and Operation Homefront also personally touch us.

Thank you Mr. Michaels and Team Bret Michaels for everything you do to raise awareness for these organizations! You make a difference for countless individuals every day and no amount of thanks can express the gratitude my husband and I feel for all you do.

Suzanne

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

The presentation was made after Bret’s concert in Texas. When I walked up to present Bret with this military flag honor, he had a very serious look and listened very closely to what I was saying. At the point I was ready to present the shadow box, he stopped me, grabbed some of people that were in the room and said “you have to see this, this is insane” and somewhat brought the room to quiet. I gave a short speech and then presented the shadow box to Bret and read the certificate and plate. Bret was speechless to say the least. We had a personal/intimate conversation for a few minutes afterwards, shook hands, and hugged each other. Knowing how much it meant to me to part from the flag, he promised to take good care of the it and honor what it represented. Bret said he plans on hanging it in his house. I asked him if we could stay in touch and he said “of course, you got it.” I do plan to visit him every chance I get when he is close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Thanks again Patrick for all that you did for making this happen. I hoped this night left an impact on Bret and that he truly knows how much he is admired and respected by our men and women in uniform.

Alex Childress – Residential Division Manager

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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

After spending 20 years in the Army, this was a retirement tattoo that I’ve always wanted to get. A portrait of my favorite person and inspiration who has always supported troops and their families. This one is for you Bret! I will see you April 26th in WV. You can see it in person!

With much Love,

Tammy

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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

Dear Bret,

I would truly like to thank you for all you do for our military. I am an ARMY brat and love that fact. My father served 3 tours in Vietnam, my Grandfather (Sidney Lawrence Bradford) past away in 2010 after 30 years of service, three time war vet in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. That was my true to heart hero. One of the few last greats, he was in so many battles I have no idea how my grandmother dealt with that. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You for what you do!

Mark

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org – Bridget’s “Something To Believe In” Tribute To Father & Troops

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org – Bridget’s “Something To Believe In” Tribute To Father & Troops

Dearest Bret,

I wrote to you about your hard work for people and kids with diabetes. Now, I come to you at a different angle. My Dad, Ronald Hugh Hall was a member of H-Troop 17th Calvary in the US Army from 1968-1971, when he went to his permanent resting place. He served a small time in Korea and 3 tours in Vietnam. It was upon that your, that he came across a land mine and was KIA. He saved 3 lives that day and it’s said somewhere that greater love hath no man than one that lays down his life for his friends. I was 3 months old when he was killed and 8 months old when he got killed. I play your song, “Something to Believe In” and think of my Dad often. When I see a soldier, I go up to that person and ask to shake their hand and I tell them,”Thank your for your unselfish service to our country”.

Thank you Bret for your support for our country’s troops, veterans and wounded warriors!

Rock on Bret! I love you!

Bridget

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Anna-Marie: “His support for the military touches my heart.”

Anna-Marie: “His support for the military touches my heart.”

Submitted by Anna-Marie on March 26, 2013

Hello! My name is name is Ann-Marie Collins and I am currently serving in the Air Force. I have been a fan of Bret Michaels and Poison since I was in middle school. My cousin, Eddie George, who I know is looking down at me from Heaven, got me into Poison. I can remember her going to concerts and some how she would always get back stage passes to see Poison. The stories she would tell would bring a huge smile to her face. The pictures she would show me would make me feel like I was right there with her. Eddie probably had one of the biggest heart in the world. When she was younger she was paralyzed from the waist down but that did not stop her from living life and making sure that she went to every Poison concert she could.

Well a couple of Christmas’s ago I went to visit my aunt, Eddie’s mom and we got to talking about how much we missed her beautiful smiling face. I also told my aunt that because of Eddie, I am such a huge fan of Bret Michaels and Poison. She told me how Bret Michaels wrote a letter to my aunt saying how sorry he was to hear of Eddie’s passing. How many people would can you say would actually do that? I can’t think of many but it goes to show how genuine that Bret Michaels is as an person.

I feel like through Eddie that I am keeping the tradition alive. As mentioned earlier, I am currently serving in the Air Force. I am currently deployed in the Middle East but I am going to be returning home in May. As soon as I saw that Bret Michaels was playing somewhere close to me, I made sure I bought tickets for the show. His May 25th show will be my first concert I go to after returning home. In the past, I have been to many Poison concerts but never had the opportunity to meet Bret Michaels. I certainly hope that I can meet him and know why that my cousin always had such a big smile on her face when she spoke of him.

His support for the military, touches my heart. Every concert I have been to, he always thanks the military for their service and it always greatly appreciated. Thank you Bret Michaels for all your support and hopefully one day I can meet you.