MTSU names veterans center to honor Charlie Daniels

MTSUSIDELINES Campus News CharlieDaniels1 938x535MTSU Sidelines by Sara Snoddy / President McPhee announced Wednesday that MTSU’s new Veterans and Military Family Center will be named for legendary country music entertainer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, according to a press release.

McPhee surprised the couple with the honor at a private dinner Tuesday night at his residence on campus. This comes after Daniels’ and his manager David Corlew’s veteran’s support organization The Journey Home Project donated $70,000 to the center in addition to prior donations, bringing the total to $120,000.

The project aids in securing funds for the benefit of veterans and to assist in their transition from base life to civilian life. The Journey Home Project was founded by Daniels, Corlew and board members Ed Hardy and Joe and Mercedez Longever.

“We are deeply touched and deeply honored,” Daniels said in a press release. “I’ve been blessed to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and, now, having a veterans center named after me.”

“This is truly special,” Hazel Daniels said in the press release to McPhee.

The 2,600-square-foot center formally opened on Nov. 5, and is located on the first floor of the Keathley University Center. The center addresses the needs of student-veterans, including academic advising and handling paperwork for federal benefits and financial aid.

President McPhee holds the sole responsibility for the naming of centers and entities within campus structures, as delegated by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and it’s a responsibility that he said he takes “very seriously.”

“The support of the Journey Home Project creates a legacy for [Charlie and Hazel] and [Daniel’s] family, where veterans and their families will have the benefit of having such incredible services offered at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels center,” McPhee said in the release.

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MTSU names Veterans and Military Family Center to honor music legend Charlie Daniels, wife Hazel

Daniels 2MURFREESBORO — MTSU’s new Veterans and Military Family Center will be named for legendary country music entertainer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, President Sidney A. McPhee announced Wednesday.

McPhee surprised the couple with the honor at a private dinner Tuesday night at the President’s Residence, where the music icon presented an additional $70,000 gift to the center from The Journey Home Project.

The donation raises the total support from the veterans-support organization, founded by Charlie Daniels and his longtime manager David Corlew, to $120,000.

“We are deeply touched and deeply honored,” said the singer, who is widely known for his advocacy work for veterans. “I’ve been blessed to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and, now, having a veterans center named after me.”

“This is truly special,” Hazel Daniels said to McPhee.

The Tennessee Board of Regents delegates authority for the naming of centers and entities within campus structures at the sole discretion of the president, McPhee said. “This is a responsibility I take very seriously,” he said.

McPhee said the support by the Journey Home Project “creates a legacy for you and your family, where veterans and their families will have the benefit of having such incredible services offered at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels center.”

The Journey Home Project assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to benefits veterans and assist in their transition from uniform into civilian life.. It was founded by Daniels, Corlew and board members Ed Hardy and Joe and Mercedez Longever.

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Name Change: now the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

Daniels McPheeMTSU - MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee held a private dinner with Charlie and Hazel Daniels at his residence April 26, 2016. That evening he announced the new naming of the Veterans and Military Family Center for Charlie and his wife. Visit MTSU Sidelines for the full story.

"Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, along with the directors of The Journey Home Project, present a $70,000 check to MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to support the Veterans and Military Family Center after a dinner April 26, 2016 at the President's Residence. The project has donated $120,000 to the center since it opened in November 2015. (Photo: Andrew Oppmann)"