MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY OPENS VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILY CENTER SUPPORTED BY CHARLIE DANIELS AND THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT

cdmtsuDaniels and Board of The Journey Home Project Serve as Dignitaries at Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 5, 2015) – Middle Tennessee State University’s Veterans and Family Center has officially opened its doors. The 2,600-square-foot facility, which will serve approximately 1,000 student veterans and family members, was unveiled in a special grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, November 5, featuring plenty of fanfare, including special remarks from country music superstar Charlie Daniels. Daniels’ 501(3)(C) non-profit, The Journey Home Project, donated $50,000 from funds raised at his 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena on August 12 to help equip the new center.

According to LTG (Ret) Keith M. Huber, Senior Advisor for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives at MTSU, a portion of the donated funds from The Journey Home Project have gone to create a state-of-the-art video teleconferencing room where veterans and their families will be able to conduct interviews with potential employers and host meetings with VA services around the globe. The remaining proceeds were used for the training of the faculty and staff of the new facility so that they may effectively meet students’ personalized needs.

Daniels said, “For over two centuries now, we have sent the cream of American youth off to stand between us and those that would like nothing better than to destroy us, and our way of life, and yet, in the face of adversity, incompetence and sometimes downright indifference, the men and women in uniform didn't complain and have never failed to do their duty no matter what accursed corner of the planet it takes them to. My dear and patriotic friends we owe our veterans an unpayable debt of gratitude. Unfortunately, that debt is not being paid. I submit to you that our government has no more important business to conduct than making sure that those who fight our wars, all of our wars, receive whatever care they require, be it medical, educational or just good sound advice.”

“We are here today to make a difference in the lives of our veterans. We are here today to say that we the people are willing to help shoulder the load to help take up the slack, to accept the mission to help those who have given so much to transition back to civilian life,” he added.

According to MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, the new Veterans and Military Family Center at the university will be “the singular location on our campus where student-veterans will find everything they need for success, from scheduling courses and getting help with paperwork to getting help navigating the array of veteran benefits and discovering employment opportunities.”

“Most important, it will be a place for them to study, gather and meet and to get help from fellow veterans who will serve as peer advisors and sponsors,” McPhee said.

Other notable speakers during the ceremony included LTG (Ret) Keith M. Huber, Dr. H. Stephen Smith, professor in the MTSU School of Music, John Morgan, Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Dr. Russ Deaton, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, COL (Ret) Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, and Mr. Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Daniels’ closing remarks evoked passionate applause from the packed theater of veteran students, faculty and community members. He said, “This center is dedicated to the purpose of cutting through the reams of paperwork, the miles of red tape, the meaningless studies and the bureaucratic crap. To supply hands on guidance through the maze of government assistance, pointing out the right direction and giving help on educational needs, mental health needs and just every day good advice by people who care and people who have been there and done that. Here we go, what can we do for you? How can we help? Thank you, God bless our veterans. God bless America.”

For more information about Charlie Daniels, visit charliedaniels.com. For more on the 501(3)(C) non-profit The Journey Home Project, visit thejourneyhomeproject.org.

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About The Journey Home Project:
The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe & Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots. For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

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CHARLIE DANIELS' BIRTHDAY BASH GIVES BACK TO VETERANS

charliebdayCountry Stars Chris Young, Brenda Lee and Ryan Weaver Lend Talent To Support Fundraising Event for The Journey Home Project on October 27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 28, 2015) – It may have been country music legend Charlie Daniels’ birthday party, but all of the presents were addressed to military veterans and their families. A total of 290 guests gave an invaluable gift to those who have served our country through the purchase of a table at Charlie Daniels’ birthday bash on October 27 at The Palm restaurant in downtown Nashville, which raised funds for (501)(c) non-profit The Journey Home Project.

“Big-hearted Middle Tennessee turned out again last night and made our event a great success. I love this place, these people and this cause. It’s making a difference,” said Daniels.

In sum, the birthday celebration is estimated to have raised over $100,000 for The Journey Home Project, which assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The organization was co-founded in 2014 by Daniels and board members David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe and Mercedez Longever.

It was a star-studded evening complete with a red carpet, white tablecloths, and a five-star surf-and-turf meal from The Palm. Celebrity emcee Storme Warren, radio personality on SiriusXM “The Highway,” hosted as the event’s emcee, and guests enjoyed acoustic performances by rising country star Ryan Weaver, a military veteran and former Blackhawk Helicopter Aviator, as well as country star Chris Young, known for hits such as “Tomorrow,” “Voices,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” and others.

“Taking your birthday and making it a celebration of the military – it’s just so admirable. I have done this event before, and as soon as I get asked to participate, if I’m here I jump at the chance to do it. Obviously I’ve got a lot of military connections in my family, and a lot of the people that are here work with some organizations that I’ve either done shows with or been overseas to visit military with. It’s just such a great thing anytime you get a chance to give back to military and give your time, and The Journey Home Project, what they’re doing with that, it’s truly amazing,” said Young.

Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee surprised Daniels, her long-time friend, by showing up and thanking Charlie for all he has done to give back to the troops. She also serenaded him with her own colorful rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Lieutenant General (Retired) Keith M. Huber spoke on behalf of veteran students at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and poignantly expressed his gratitude for The Journey Home Project and all is has done for the military community of Nashville and beyond. The school will benefit from funds raised through The Journey Home Project at Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam on August 12, 2015 for the completion of its new Veterans and Military Families Center on campus.

“The new Veterans and Military Families Center at MTSU will encourage and facilitate the success of our veterans as they transition out of uniform into academics, and then into future employment opportunities, as they strive to become leaders in the community much like they were in uniform. It will also help to answer all of their questions and give them a place to go where they’re talking to people with a commonality of background, purpose and focus,” Huber said.

A silent auction featuring signed guitars, fiddles, rifles, ammunition, lavish vacation trips, sports memorabilia and much more also helped to contribute to the cause.

Produced by David Corlew & Associates, the event was made possible by The Palm Restaurant, Wondergraphics, Military Systems Group, Horizon Wine & Spirits, Anglin-Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong P.C., Outback Concerts, Copperweld, Remington, Mid South Wire, Rea, APA and William Morris Endeavor.

For additional information about The Journey Home Project, please visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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Videographer credit: Nate Shuppert

About The Journey Home Project:
The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe & Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots. For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

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CHARLIE DANIELS NASHVILLE BIRTHDAY BASH TO BENEFIT THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT THE PALM RESTAURANT

charliesunglassCountry Music Superstar Chris Young and Rising Artist Ryan Weaver to Celebrate Charlie Daniels' Birthday, Proceeds Benefit U.S. Military Members and Veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2015) – It's a birthday party invitation like no other – and tickets are still available to salute country star Charlie Daniels for his 79th birthday on Tuesday, October 27 at The Palm Restaurant on 5th Ave S. in downtown Nashville.

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American heroes of the United States military, as well as country superstar Chris Young and rising artist Ryan Weaver, will join hands with the Nashville community to salute Daniels while benefiting The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Daniels co-founded to assist veterans and their families in meeting their financial, educational and healthcare needs as they make their integration back into civilian life.

Daniels, known for hits like "Devil Went Down To Georgia," "Southern Boy," and many others, will be in attendance at the premiere event to meet and greet with guests and provide a one-of-a-kind experience.

A silent auction will also take place for guests to bid on valuable signed merchandise and rare memorabilia, which has been donated to raise supplementary funds for The Journey Home Project.

Country star Chris Young, who has celebrated recent top country hits like "Tomorrow," "Voices" and "I'm Comin' Over," is slated to perform as part of the evening's top-notch entertainment line-up alongside country newcomer Ryan Weaver. Weaver served in the military as Chief Warrant Officer 3 as a Blackhawk Helicopter Aviator and also serves as a national spokesperson for The Journey Home Project. Later in the evening, honorary speaker Lieutenant General (Retired) Keith M. Huber will speak on behalf of veterans and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). As revealed in a press release from Charlie Daniels and The Journey Home Project on Sept. 28, funds from The Journey Home Project will be donated to MTSU in order to assist in the completion of the school's new Veterans and Military Families Center on campus.

Doors will open and the silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT, followed by a signature surf-and-turf dinner fresh from The Palm's kitchen. The official program and live auction will kick off at 8 p.m. CDT.

The event is produced by David Corlew & Associates. Sponsors include The Palm Restaurant, Wondergraphics, Military Systems Group, Horizon Wine & Spirits, Anglin-Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong P.C., Outback Concerts, Copperweld, Remington, Mid South Wire, Rea, APA and William Morris Endeavor. The premiere event will be hosted by celebrity emcee, Storme Warren, known for his roles at SiriusXM's "The Highway" and Great American Country (GAC).

For more information or to purchase tickets to the special birthday event, Charlie Daniels Presents: The Journey Home Project, please contact Paige Dixon at 615-742-3193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information on The Journey Home Project, please visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Journey Home Project:
The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe & Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots. For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

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