Visiting VA Exec calls MTSU Veterans Center ‘Incredible, Tremendous

VA exec visits MTSU1MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Incredible and tremendous are just two of many words national Veterans Affairs official Scott R. Blackburn said about the facilities and people connected with Middle Tennessee State University’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.

Blackburn, interim deputy secretary of the VA, toured the center and had lunch with university President Sidney A. McPhee, five student veterans and others Tuesday (Aug. 8). Keith M. Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, led the tour.

While in Murfreesboro to learn about the VA-provided services offered at the center in the Keathley University Center, Blackburn also visited the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s Alvin C. York Campus. Jennifer Vedral-Baron, health system director, accompanied him on the MTSU tour.

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CHARLIE DANIELS RELEASES VIDEO OF "RAGGED OLD FLAG" ALONGSIDE DIGITAL SONG RELEASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame member, Charlie Daniels is showcasing his love of the Red, White, and Blue once again in his latest recording that will be available for sale digitally on July 4th via iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon. In addition, a new video produced by d corlew films and featured on CMT.comhas been released to celebrate the song.

Daniels version of the Johnny Cash standard “Ragged Old Flag,” also includes vocals by Mark “Oz” Geist, Benghazi Warrior/Survivor and co-author of the autobiography “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”

“The ‘Ragged Old Flag’ project was very personal to me,” said David Corlew, “Ragged Old Flag” Video Producer and Charlie Daniels Manager. “When you have the opportunity to create images for a piece that was written by Johnny Cash, performed by Charlie Daniels- and its content consists of what is closest to my heart: our warriors- present and past, our country, and our flag- it really can’t get any better.”

Daniels founded his charity The Journey Home Project in 2014, managed by Board Members David Corlew, with Joe and Mercedez Longever. The Journey Home Project sees its mission as connecting donors to veterans' organizations that do the most good. They identify the centers, organizations and programs that can best serve our soldiers and families in their journey to reintegrate back to civilian life, on life’s terms.

For more information on Daniels’ latest projects, visit www.CharlieDaniels.com. To learn more about how to support The Journey Home Project, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT DONATES $100,000 TO NASHVILLE VETERANS VIRTUAL WELCOME CENTER THROUGH NASHVILLE SERVING VETERANS COMMUNITY BOARD AND OPERATION STAND DOWN

unnamed 10NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) – The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Charlie Daniels, presented a check for $100,000 to Operation Stand Down Tennessee on behalf of Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board. The gift will be used to staff the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board’s Virtual Welcome Center in partnership with Operation Stand Down Tennessee. DevDigital, a local full service digital development firm that specializes in custom web development, enterprise and mobile application development, and web hosting will provide the design and hosting of the site at no cost.

“The true measure of growth in supporting our military community, is when like-minded Americans realize a need, and then take action. Charlie, along with DevDigital, Lt. General Keith Huber, Operation Stand Down and the board of The Journey Home Project are joining forces to create a Nashville resource center that will serve our military families in the way they so deserve. We are experiencing the incredible success of a center such as this at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on the MTSU campus. I feel honored to be a part of this amazing process,” said David Corlew, co-founder of The Journey Home Project and Daniels’ manager.

Nashville-based 501(c)3 non-profit, The Journey Home Project, made 2016 a record year of giving with hundreds of thousands of dollars pledged to various initiatives. The organization, co-founded by newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and manager and music industry veteran David Corlew with Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever, was founded to make a difference in the lives of American veterans by helping to meet their education, healthcare and employment needs.

Highlights of the year included donating $50,000 to Shepherd’s Men as part of their 1,400-mile run from Boston to Atlanta to benefit the SHARE Military Initiative at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. After donating over $100,000 to Middle Tennessee State University to create their Veterans and Military Family Center which opened in April, the center was named in honor of Daniels’ and his wife Hazel earlier this year. The 2,600-square-foot, $329,000 center is a one-stop-shop for MTSU’s approximately 1,000 student veterans and family members. At an event in October prior to a Tennessee Titan’s game called Tailgate for a Cause, The Journey Home Project presented a check to the organization A Soldier’s Child. ASC provides children of fallen military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country a birthday gift each year until they are 18. They offer multiple mentorship programs as well as scholarships to their members. Presently, over 2,500 children are enrolled in the program.

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