Whether it be performing for troops overseas, contributing to various military organizations, or through song, Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels has paid tribute to our men and women in uniform in various ways over his career. But his latest endeavor spotlights that appreciation even more than ever.

Last Thursday (June 28), the 81-year-old entertainer performed at the Veteran Impact Celebration in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The sold-out fundraiser was held to benefit Middle Tennessee State University’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, a place that is very near and dear to Daniels’ heart — a fact confirmed with his presentation of a check for $100.000 on behalf of his non-profit Veterans’ organization, The Journey Home Project.

In addition to providing services such as job placement and medical care, the center is a place where veterans with like minds and experiences can come together. “I think that one of the main things is that it’s a place where veterans can find some of their own kind and fellowship with,” Daniels tells Billboard. “They understand each other. I can sit here and talk about music and the process I go about in writing a song, and you may never have thought about that. You’d think ‘What the hell are you talking about? That’s kind of the same thing. People who have seen the bombs, the conflict, people being killed – a lot of other things seem very frivolous to them. They’re not concerned with who’s going to the dance with somebody next week. They’ve got more serious things on their mind. They can find somebody to talk with. It’s a place where they can get together and socialize.”

Source : Billboard