On November 5, 2015, Middle Tennessee State University’s Veterans and Military Family Center— now named the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center—opened. The Center is much more than a lounge. It is a 2,600 square-foot, comprehensive, “one-stop” student-veterans hub (mtsu.edu/military), the 5-point mission of which is to: Enroll student-veterans and family members, Encourage them while at MTSU, assist with Employment, Educate the university community, and Expand the veteran-education knowledge base. To accomplish these goals, the Center employees a full-time director, two school certifying official, and a secretary. There is also a full-time VA VetSuccess on Campus counselor (the first in the state and 12th in the nation), a VA Mental Health Counselor, two graduate assistant, an intern, and over 10 VA student-workers. Among other duties, LTG Huber is integral to the Center’s career initiatives, developing deep relationships with the community, corporations, businesses, and nonprofit organizations with the expressed goal of increasing veteran employment opportunities. There is also Student Affairs administrator tasked with assisting in admissions and prior learning assessment of military students, and a Career Counselor who focuses on veterans’ employment needs (resume building, interview skills, position leads).
Task Force Dagger Foundation - Task Force Dagger Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping support wounded, ill or injured US Army Special Operations Soldiers and their families. Task Force Dagger provides numerous recreational therapy activities designed to help the veteran and their family re-engage with life. Committed to keeping overhead low, 95% of all donations to Task Force Dagger directly assist veterans and their families. www.taskforcedagger.org/
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation - The mission of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation is to assist severely wounded, post-9/11 Veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life. Their goal is to raise awareness of the sacrifice that these Veterans have made, and to motivate local communities to rally behind these young heroes as they strive to reach their potential. www.sentinelsoffreedom.org
The Boot Campaign - The Boot Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to Cultivating Awareness, Promoting Patriotism, and Providing Assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. www.bootcampaign.com
Lipscomb University - The Journey Home Project began as an outgrowth of the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes program at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The program helps offset tuition for those veterans not qualified for 100% of Post-911 and Yellow Ribbon benefits. In the last five years, hundreds of veterans have received assistance through the efforts of Charlie, his friends in the music community, corporate partners, and of course, his fans. www.lipscomb.edu/