In the month of November, we celebrate Veterans Day. I can’t think of a more appropriate month to pay tribute to the late Charlie Daniels. Charlie recently passed away in July of this year, but his legacy will remain for years to come. His music career spanned over 5 decades, he crossed over into several genres of music, appeared in movies and commercials, and drew fans all of all ages to his concerts. Through all the changes to the culture of music, there was one thing that remained constant, and that was his love and support of our US military men and women.
Although Charlie was not a veteran himself, he very much loved and respected our military service members. Charlie was very patriotic and, if you followed his blog “Charlie’s Soapbox”, you would have no doubt about where he stood when it comes to our troops. Charlie traveled overseas to perform several times for our military, offered support and resources to different veteran groups when needed, and he eventually went on to establish his own organization “The Journey Home Project”. It is through the Journey Home Project (JHP) that I had the privilege of getting to spend time with Charlie and his wonderful group of people he surrounded himself with. The JHP is a huge supporter of our Veterans Resource Center here at UT Knoxville.
Although we miss Charlie, we look forward to continuing our mission, his support of veterans, and helping them successfully transition from military to civilian life.