Country music icon Charlie Daniels to host a rocking night honoring veterans

Matt Saintsing
September 14, 2018 - 4:33 pm

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Charlie Daniels may be best known for his hit song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but next week, he’ll be shining the spotlight on those who help veterans with a first-ever award dinner. 

The inaugural Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner will take place on Sept. 18 at the Palm Restaurant in Nashville. The evening will be a celebration and include remarks from Chris Spence and Mario Vigil, two of the “Real Horse Soldiers,” depicted in the 2018 film, 12 Strong. 

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“We’re just trying to say thank you on behalf of our veterans,” Daniels tells Connecting Vets. “Individuals, unsung, who do so much for veterans.” 

A silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Surf and Turf dinner and then a live auction. The individual ticket price is $300, and guest tables with seating for eight people are $3,000. Those funds will support The Journey Home Project, an organization founded by Daniels committed to connecting donors with legitimate veterans’ charities. 

This event won’t be the first charity night supporting veterans for Daniels. Earlier in the summer, he teamed up with Middle Tennessee State University for the Veteran Impact Celebration, which raised $177,000 for the university’s Veterans and Military Family Center, named after Daniels and his wife, Hazel. 

“These guys and gals have gone through so much at Middle Tennessee State,” says Daniels. “We have job placement, and we try to create a state-of-the-art place where veterans can go to address their needs.” 

Daniels says he hopes to see a similar center on college campuses across the country. 

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