On Friday, May 24, country music legend Charlie Daniels‘ veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project (TJHP) held a special reception forThe Shepherd’s Men as the team of men journeyed through Nashville during a stop on its annual Shepherd’s Run. The week-long, seven-city run (from Groton, CT to Atlanta, GA) raises awareness for troops with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
During the reception held at The Palm Restaurant, TJHP presented The Shepherd’s Men with a $25,000 check to help assist the organization with their efforts in aiding our nation’s military veterans.
“The Shepherd’s Men are relentless in their efforts to end the tragic pattern of suicide with our returning veterans,” says TJHP co-founder David Corlew. “The Journey Home Project is committed to this issue and believe we have the best possible partnership we could have to try and save precious lives, one at a time. God Bless The Shepherd’s Men and the SHARE Military Initiative and the work they continue to do.”
Each year, The Shepherd’s Men runners bring awareness to 22 veteran suicides per day, as well as raise awareness and resources for the SHARE Military Initiative at The Shepherd Center, a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia. The team of active and former servicemen run 22 kilometers (nearly 14 miles) each day, wearing a 22 pound vest to represent the suicides.
The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive 12-week rehabilitation program that helps active duty military personnel, or veterans, who are suffering from brain injuries and/or post-traumatic stress. The program can serve 20 clients at a time and provides the help in one centralized location, as opposed to the fragmented systems that many have experienced post-service. Graduates continue to work with a case manager who follows their progress post-discharge to ensure they are meeting their goals and receiving the resources they need to further recovery.
“Veteran suicide is something that should have been dealt with long ago by bringing awareness to the problem,” adds Daniels. “We hope to put pressure on the government to really get involved and to make sure that mainstream America is aware of this horrible tragedy.”
For more information on The Shepherd’s Men, visit shepherdsmen.com.
About Charlie Daniels
From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and still a road warrior at age 82, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helps to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He’s a staunch supporter of the military and lends his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
For more information, visit charliedaniels.com.
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. TJHP was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and his manager, David Corlew. In 2018, Major General Terry “Max” Haston joined TJHP as the non-profit’s newest board member. 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, TJHP is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.