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.
Education represents the very centerpiece of the foundation on which The Journey Home Project was created. The Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes, created by Lipscomb University and Charlie himself, has been the main focus of our fundraising efforts for the last five years.
Charlie believes that the opportunity to provide, or to support a continued education, is one of the greatest gifts that we can share with veterans or their families. There are many soldiers who put their education on hold when they deploy. While others return home, searching for opportunities to earn a degree in higher learning. This hopefully will enhance their career choices and re-entry into life as a civilian. We feel that an education is the only thing that cannot be taken away from a soldier.
Programs such as the GI Bill or Yellow Ribbon Bill provide funding for fully vested soldiers, but many times, for many reasons, that funding falls short of the need to accomplish the veteran’s goals.
We at the Journey Home project are committed to providing direction, help, and or support with such short falls, whenever possible. Also, we will continue to identify as many different organizations and universities that offer similar educational programs for our returning veterans.