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Channel 9 news did a broadcast on The Military Mom from Deltona U tube video and song SO BRAVE recorded for her son Kevin Kravchak while stationed in Iraq,New reporter Vanessa Echols - Chanel 9 news


artical written on Sept *th monday on Amvets Freedom walk with Michele Ann performing shortly after surgery for breast cancer. Her WWII veteran Father was in the crowd supporting the troops as well. - Daytona beach News Journal


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007 HOME NEWS BUSINESS SPORTS RACING ENTERTAINMENT LIFESTYLEOPINION
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SPECIAL REPORT: Words From War
September 10, 2007

Son's Iraq duty spurs mom's return to singing

By AUDREY PARENTE
Staff Writer
DELTONA -- Critical care nurse Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak missed her son's recent phone call from Iraq -- because she isn't allowed to use her cell phone while on the job at Orlando Regional Medical Center.


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Michele Ann Salvo-Kravchak, left, gave up her singing career in order to raise her two sons. Now grown, SalvoKravchak’s son Kevin is serving in Iraq. After meeting other mothers online, Salvo-Kravchak has returned to the studio and recorded a song to support the troops and their families.
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Her Army artillery soldier son, Spc. Kevin F. Kravchak, has been over there for 15 months.

She says the emotional drain has been rough -- much rougher than giving up a singing career 25 years ago to raise Kevin and his twin brother, Justin.

"I grew up in Seaside Heights, N.J., and I sang professionally all over the Jersey shore in nightclubs since I was 18 -- the drinking age in New Jersey -- until I was pregnant with my sons," Salvo-Kravchak says. "My upbringing led me to believe it would be better not doing that while they were growing up. I don't regret it."

Now, with one son in Iraq, at 52, she says she found some comfort in sharing her emotions online with other military moms. But a real catharsis for the Deltona woman has come from a resurgence in her singing career -- because of a song she recorded for her son that she put on her myspace.com page and on the video Web site YouTube.com.

"We have a network of moms from all over the country. We support one another, but the sad thing is, it seems every week one more mom will get online and say, 'My son isn't coming home,' and all of us sob like that child is ours," Salvo-Kravchak said. "Then I saw a picture of one mother with her soldier son, and she had recorded this song."

The song, "So Brave," was previously co-written and recorded by another soldier's mom, Angela Lashley, a Nashville songwriter and recording artist.

Lashley, 49, says she had toured with a band since age 16 and had given up her career at 22 after having her first child, but was trying to get back to songwriting and singing when she got the inspiration for her song.

"My son, Jonathan, who was in college called us one day to say that he was feeling compelled to serve in the military," Lashley says. "After he hung up the phone, there was an eerie silence, but then I said, 'When did he become so brave?' "

She sat at the piano and started the lyrics for the song that has evolved into a sort of anthem for military moms.

"Michele (Salvo-Kravchak) e-mailed me. She had a son and saw the songs posted on my Web sites," says Lashley, whose son now is an Army specialist serving in Iraq.

Salvo-Kravchak asked Lashley for permission to record "So Brave" for her own son.

"The song gave me chills," Salvo-Kravchak says. "She (Lashley) was very gracious about it. Then I started thinking it would be nice if we had a video to go along with this. Justin (Kevin's twin) just graduated from High Tech Institute (in Orlando) and pieced the video together."

Her son Kevin's reaction was "Wow," she says, but then came other reactions she didn't expect when she put it on YouTube.

"I had developed a military online support system and made so many contacts, that every week another mother would get online and ask, 'When are you going to release this?' " she says.

Then came a call from a national record producer. She began having discussions about a recording label and an album. She is not yet at liberty to share details, but she has been working on a CD at the recording studio at Deltona Arts & Historical Center, with the help of 25-year veteran recording producer Frank Starchak.

"She's a natural, and maybe she didn't expect this at this time in her life," Starchak says. "But the song seems to have a purpose. Michele doesn't make this about herself but about getting the (CD) done and helping people heal."

Salvo-Kravchak expects to complete an eight-song CD this month.

"I don't know where this all came from, but the important thing is the meaning behind the song for all the moms and dads whose sons and daughters are over there," she says.

audrey.parente@news-jrnl.com

Link to Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak at myspace.com/micheleannn and at youtube.com/watch?v=Y3u78vNpdps. Find Angela Lashley's version of "So Brave" at sobravesong.com

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September 10, 2007

Soldier son keeps 'all the bad stuff from me'

By AUDREY PARENTE
Staff Writer
An occasional series featuring stories of soldiers far from home and their loved ones here. Today, we speak with a Deltona mom, Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak, about her son, U.S. Army Spc. Kevin F. Kravchak, 25, who has been in Iraq for 15 months.
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Related items:
Son's Iraq duty spurs mom's return to singing
Slideshow of Kevin F. Kravchak and Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak
Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak singing "So Brave"
Angela Lashley's version of "So Brave" at sobravesong.com


Courtesy Michel Kravchak
SPC. Kevin Kravchak has been in Iraq for more than a year as a gunner.
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Q. What does your son do in Iraq?

He is an artillery gunner. He is boots-on-the-ground in a very dangerous part of Iraq near Baghdad. He just witnessed the loss of two of his best friends.

Q. What else has he told you in e-mails about his experiences there?

I can only tell you they are a mix of feeling pride about the job needed to be done in Iraq and missing his home and his family in the U.S. -- missing the simple things in life that we all take for granted here in the states. Kevin has kept all the bad stuff from me, although I know there has been plenty. They have a code when they go over there that they will not tell their moms what they have gone through. I am very proud of him. He has been so brave through it all.

Q. Do you expect him home soon?

We are expecting Kevin home in the next few months, but I can't be specific due to the safety of all our troops coming and going. He re-enlisted recently, I have been told (by his wife), but I haven't been able to talk to him about this yet. I can't do one of the things we all take for granted -- I cannot pick up the phone and just call my son in Iraq.

Q. Your son graduated from Pine Ridge High School in Deltona and joined the Army. Did he tell you why?

He went into the military three years ago. He wanted to go in right after 9/11, but I stopped him. Out of respect for me and my fears as a mom, he didn't enlist then, but in 2004 he came to me and told me, "I have waited out of respect but I have to do this." He is based with the Strykers (Gunners Field Artillery) out of Fort Lewis in Washington state.

Q. His deployment has been hard on you. What are some things you do you handle this?

He has been deployed now for almost 15 months. Kevin went to Iraq two days before his 24th birthday in June 2006, and he is still there. He has had two birthdays in Iraq, and we still put his name on his twin brother's (Justin F. Kravchak of Deltona) birthday cake like he was here with us. Our troops over there all have moms at home and families who serve, too, right along with them. We are proud of each and every one of them and pray for their safe return.

Q. What other close relatives does Kevin have?

Kevin's father, William Kravchak, lives in Orlando. His 90-year-old grandfather, a World War II veteran, Frank Salvo, lives in Orlando, but his grandmother, Angelina Salvo, passed away while he was in Iraq in November. Kevin's wife resides in Tacoma, Wash.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007HOME NEWS BUSINESS SPORTS RACING ENTERTAINMENT LIFESTYLEOPINION
LOCAL FLORIDA NATION/WORLD DEATHS POLITICS TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT WEATHER TRAFFIC PHOTOS SPECIAL REPORTS
SPECIAL REPORT
An occasional series featuring stories of soldiers far from home and their loved ones here.


Soldier son keeps 'all the bad stuff from me'
Today, we speak with a Deltona mom, Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak, about her son, U.S. Army Spc. Kevin F. Kravchak, 25, who has been in Iraq for 15 months.

Son's Iraq duty spurs mom's return to singing
Critical care nurse Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak missed her son's recent phone call from Iraq -- because she isn't allowed to use her cell phone while on the job at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Related items:
· Slideshow of Kevin F. Kravchak and Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak
· Micheleann Salvo-Kravchak singing "So Brave"
· Angela Lashley's version of "So Brave" at sobravesong.com

News-Journal/CHAD PILSTER
Michele Ann Salvo-Kravchak fidgets with dog tags from her son, Kevin Kravchak, who is stationed in Iraq. He has been there for the past 15 months.

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Michele Ann Stands Up and Fights for the Cure“Stand up and fight” is the rally cry for rock-pop’s next rising star, Michele Ann Salvo. Hailing from sunny, palm tree dotted Daytona Beach, Florida, the dynamic, determined, and incredibly motivated musician is leading the charge in the next wave of empowered women in the fight against breast cancer. As a current patient and survivor, advocate for Rock Pink, and supporter of the American Cancer Society, Michele Ann is utilizing her talents to generate awareness, raise money, and aid women across the country in finding a cure.

As a nurse by day and singer-songwriter by night, Michele Ann has overcome the odds on multiple occasions to continue on in her craft with unwavering will and drive. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, it spread to her trachea, leading to dangerous surgeries which left her unable to sing for three months. While the doctors couldn’t guarantee whether Michele Ann would ever sing again, she’s returned sounding better than ever, releasing her first official full length record, She’s a Rocker in June 2010.

Produced by Frank Starchak and featuring renowned producer Ron St. Germain (Muse, U2, 311, Soundgarden) mixing her first single, She’s a Rocker showcases Michele Ann spreading her wings, stretching out, and delivering 15 songs of brilliant rock-pop. Capable of both driving rhythms and heart string pulling ballads, her versatility in vocals and songwriting makes for entertaining, truly inspired music.

Michele Ann continues her unrelenting efforts with charities, most recently helping with Rock Pink’s Bowl-o-rama event, which rose over $36,000 to support research, care, and awareness. She participates and performs annually in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and her most recent single “Stand Up and Fight,” which received a Billboard Honorary Mention Award, written by Michele Ann And John Rainey,iis officially on the event playlist for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Over time, her dedication and resilience has established her as a symbol amongst breast cancer patients and survivors, as local and national media are all beginning to take notice.

Her influence also spreads into the military supporters, as Michele Ann has a number of patriotic numbers in the repertoire, including “America Stands by You,” which is scheduled to be performed at the 2010 Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention. As a mother of an Iraqi war veteran, her connection to the soldiers is as personal and realistic as possible, allowing her to tap into another massive group of supporters capable of easily relating to her music.

Visit Michele Ann’s official website and Sonicbirds page for further information, photos, and audio, including new tracks from her debut record. She’s a Rocker and both of her previous singles, “Lean on Me” and “America Stands by You” are available for purchase on iTunes now.

All the music /instruments and songs written/played by JOHN RAINEY (except Waited so Long, Rain, When Loves Not Around, Everything I own, Rockin National Anthem ,)John Raineys songs " Shes a rocker, All she wants is Money, Fallin in love again, Keep on rockin the world, Fallin for your love, Raise your hands to rock, Showdown, Crank it UP, Stand up and fight."Please see Credits on CD for all songwriters and musicians..

Rain and Waited So long written by the Elva Udell Band (NYC drummer is Micheleann's brother John Salvo)
Sound recording and arrangement So brave by Michele Ann SR copy write march 2007

remake of David Gates song
"Everything I Own" (recorded by SGT Rock first time as a duet and with our military families of fallen soldiers and deployed soldiers in mind) Available on I Tunes as well as Soundclick

Lean on me written by Bill Withers remade and arranged by MicheleAnn for Susan G Komen for the cure, ROCK PINK in hope of raising awareness and money for breast cancer pts. It will be available on I Tunes soon. Other songs are available now on I Tunes just type in Michele-ann,Micheleann or SRGT ROCK , Full Metal jacket band.

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Michele Ann is the new Christian artist signed with Tate Music Group, & "Stand Up and Fight" cowritten by Micheleann and john Rainey for breast cancer has received a billboard honorary mention award . We are a ROCK Band who's lead singer has a HUGE MILITARY Family following, and is now a breast cancer survivor working with "Rock Pink" for the cure. "I ROCK FOR THE CURE" Micheleann has many different sounds and influences.She have received a great deal of attention national and local.

"MicheleAnn and Chele Shock" Our lead singer MicheleAnn has been singing since a child, however since her sons enlistment after 9/11 reignited her recording career as she went back into the recording studio and recorded a song for his ears only in Iraq.I t was remixed by grammy winning producer Mr Ron St Germain Ron who then donated his time for mixing the song,"So Brave written by Angela Lashey/Byron House, as he too hails from a air force military family.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer Aug 08 , developed thyroid cancer and had throat cut and lost her voice for 3 months, then in jan of 2010 breast cancer showed up in her lungs and she is currently fighting for her life still,May 3rd had to have brain surgery for breast cancer went into her brain.
She sings each yr for the American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE, 2010 was no different.As of 2011 is actively involved with getting Dr Vince Touheys breast cancer vaccine to funding so breast cancer can finally be eliminated. THE VACCINE IS COMING!
She is an critical care nurse for 20 yrs and current RN at Florida Hospital one of the best hospitals in the nation, and ironically a chemo nurse for some of that time.1wk after major surgery she performed for one of our country's freedom walks in Florida for our military. Sponsored by the amvets of port orange. Proceeds from this past yrs show went to the wounded warriors project. She never lets cancer take the things she loves in life, teaching all that meet her not to give up there is always hope and with GODS help you can beat it.
She has been an inspiration and source of support to many going through cancer and to military families across our country. She hopes to shake the hands of thousands of our heroes here in the states and overseas.
MICHELEANN IS also A SONG WRITER so get ready for their new CD> grammy winning producer Ron St Germain is mixing SHES A ROCKER for MicheleAnns new CD which will be out SOON.